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Business Anchor Assist the Local Communities - The Airport Triggered Connections and Economy

The proposal focuses on the public service accessibility of local residents by adding connections to the closest & largest economy anchor

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From the comprehensive report of the challenge area East Austin, and the site analysis, it is noticeable that the study area lacks public services in general. That also partially reflects the public services around the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. However, the usage of the airport is not low. According to Airport news in 2019, more than 1.64 million passengers traveled through the airport in July, exceeding the previous monthly record set in June by 33,619 passengers. The airport currently has a capacity of 3,000 parking lot. Although the private parking lots around, they fill up quickly according to the local news. The average parking cost is from $3/hr up to $27/day. The private parking lot is lower, is $12/day. Compare to the public transit fee of $1.25, there's still space to offer further airport parking and attract parking business. In the Michigan DTW area, the private parking lot is popular. The lots usually locate a little distance but offer a free shuttle to the airport 24/7 by every 10 to 15 mins. Different parking lot share the airport shuttle to lower the cost. The airport passenger creates business opportunities in many cities, such as Boston, Detroit, Las Vegas, and more. 

So the support health during the unexpected concept is, to use the radiation of airport impact, add transit on all directions at the study area, to attract business investment along the transit route and around the airport district outside of the aviation safety boundary. 

As a big portion of the region's family household income is under poverty. In this special situation, the airport parking shuttle concept becomes one affordable and fast option. And the concept changes the private parking business into a public service, which can ensure the affordability for local residents, and obtain the parking data to add more suitable parking locations in the concerned area when the demand exceeds the capacity.

By adding more airport parking, the city transportation department will generate sustainable funding to support the operation of the airport shuttles, which also can take residents to the airport service hub. 

The assumption is based on the public service map from the Austin Report. The service map indicates the higher population distribution. With that info, we learned that people who live on the west side would have potential consumption on parking lots on vacations. Moreover, the warm temperature will attract tourists all seasons and usage of airports and need shops, dining, clinic, and place to stay. 

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

The expected impact is when adding the routes, a consistent airport service chain will be created by new investment. Then people who live in lower-income will have job opportunities and house rental opportunities to generate revenue and improve life quality.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Amy Xiao Zhou, founder of LandMaya-WSU Design Interest Group, Bachelor and Master's in Urban Planning(WSU), and current Ph.D. student at Transportation Research Group of Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering of Wayne State. She has a passion for urban design. Several projects used to win the WSU Hackathon, design competitions and city bids in Detroit and China.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Team or Organization URL

LandMaya-WSU Design Interest Group

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

It is predicted generally for the parking lots of construction work and adds one shuttle route. The budget will vary on the location price, scale, trip length, driver's payment, and the vehicle.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The next phase will add more team members to ensure the completion of the pilot. It starts from detailed design such as the locations and scales. Then reach the City of Austin public transit division for project resources. In the end, select contractor companies to install the parking lot, operate the transit line and broadcast the new transit option to the impacted communities.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

The parking lot and shuttle are active for service and have 10% of the household usage.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

According to a supermarket shuttle study by Cassady D. []. Sixty-seven zip codes met the criteria for inclusion in the study. A supermarket shuttle program would break even in most zip codes if 10% of households without a car used the shuttle. If 15% used the shuttle, shuttle programs in all zip codes would make a profit. We use this as a reference for airport shuttle profit estimation.


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