Distribution of Primary Benefits and Costs of Intraurban Air Transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area

by James P. Stucker

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Documents the methodology used to estimate the annual income of (1) prospective users of a V/STOL air transport system in the San Francisco Bay Area, and (2) the taxpayers who will most likely be asked to subsidize the system's operation. The derivation of income profiles for riders of the air system is accomplished by deriving the value-of-time implications of the Boeing Company modal-split model used to estimate the number of riders. The analysis reveals that fully three-fourths of the commuters served would represent families earning at least $25,000 per year. In contrast, local or federal subsidies for the system would be borne mainly by lower and middle income families.

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