A Multimodal Washington National?
- Local authorities in Arlington Country, Va., are moving forward with a study of a new connection between the National Landing neighborhood where Amazon is building its so-called HQ2 and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The pedestrian and bike connection — either a bridge, tunnel or combination of both — would not only bring the airport within walking distance of offices, hotels and residences, it would also connect the airport with the Washington, D.C., region’s regional rail network and potentially Amtrak in the future. However, travelers best not get too excited about the connection anytime soon: the study and environmental review are not scheduled to wrap until 2023 after which funding would need to be secured before construction begins.
- On Long Island near New York City, the town of Islip is evaluating expansion options for the Long Island MacArthur Airport. Three concepts are being considered: two on the north side of the field with an up to 30-gate terminal and direct connection to the Long Island Rail Road, and one on the south side with an up to 11-gate terminal and no transit connection. However, a ranking of the three concepts found that the two northern options meet the town’s aims to improve functionality, customer experience, operations and offer long-term flexibility to grow the airport, while the southern alternative meets few of them. Next steps include selecting a preferred alternative and conducting an environmental review, the latter of which would likely occur in 2022.
- The City of Austin had a surprise for Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines last week. The airport will close the South Terminal that serves the budget carriers in order to build the planned Midfield Concourse B with at least 10 gates. Jacqueline Yaft, CEO of the city’s department of aviation, said in a memo to the city council that the closure and relocation of the two airlines to the airport’s main terminal will occur “within approximately the next two years.” Airlines have piled on with new flights to Austin during the pandemic, including a new base from Allegiant, dozens of new routes from American Airlines, and a renewed focus city commitment from Delta Air Lines to name a few.