Some bus, limo, taxicab, and near airport parking groups are seeking legislation that could open the door to federal intervention in and regulation of the management of ground transportation rates and access at airports, which are inherently local responsibilities.
The curbside space in front of passenger terminal buildings is one of an airport’s most limited and highly valued resources. Airport sponsors carefully manage this resource to ensure quality ground transportation services are available to their customers, to generate revenue to pay for airport facilities and operations, and to control air pollution.
Proposals to impose new federal regulatory constraints on airport ground access policies could disrupt this balance, snarl vehicle traffic in and around airport terminals, and increase airfares. If enacted into law, an unworkable one-size-fits-all approach from Washington would lead to more federal interference at local airports at a time when the administration and many in Congress are rightfully taking action to eliminate unnecessary federal regulations and reduce red tape.
Ground transportation groups were unable to convince lawmakers to adopt their proposals as part of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that Congress passed in late 2018. They do, however, continue to press for federal legislative action to address concerns that they have not been able to see addressed at the local level.