Texas A&M Transportation Institute Seeks RFPs for Aviation System Study
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by Adolfo Pesquera
College Station (Brazos County) - Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) seeks proposals for an updated economic impact report on the aviation system in Texas.
Acting on behalf of the Texas Department of Transportation-Aviation Division, the TTI issued the RFP Monday to update the 2011 study. In order to facilitate future planning and funding, an assessment is periodically required regarding the impact of the state’s airports on local economies.
Responses from qualified research entities are due April 25 by 2 p.m. The date for execution of an agreement is to be determined.
The last economic impact report was prepared by the Center for Economic Development and Research, University of North Texas.
The project timeline for the 2017 Texas Aviation Economic Impact Study is anticipated to take 12 to 15 months. This is to be an extensive technical assessment of the capabilities and demands upon the major, reliever and general aviation airports across the state and will require site visits and communication with many stakeholders.
The chosen research entity will conduct six surveys, as part of the study:
- Airport Managers Survey—to collect data on airport personnel, operations, capital expenses, non-aviation businesses that are reliant on the airport.
- Airport Tenants Survey—to collect data on their type of business, personnel, operations, annual capital investment.
- Air Carrier Airport Survey—to research the volume of passengers and their average spending adjusted by location.
- GA Pilots/Visitors Survey—to collect data on number of passengers, average persons per operation, length of stay and expenditures.
- Businesses that Own/Lease Aircraft—to assess whether they lease or won.
- Businesses Reliant on Texas Airports—to quantify the nature of that reliance.
Within 30 days of executing an agreement, the provider will create a website for purposes of deploying the user surveys and facilitating data collection. It will also be used to disseminate information related to meetings and various project materials to TTI, the Technical Advisory Committee, airport sponsors and other stakeholders.
The provider will speak at the 2018 Texas Aviation Conference and give a Final Technical Economic Impact Study formal presentation.
Twenty-four commercial service airports will be included in the study:
Houston Bush Intercontinental
Dallas-Fort Worth International
Dallas Love Field
William P Hobby
San Antonio International
El Paso International
Lubbock Preston Smith International
McAllen Miller International
Rick Husband Amarillo International
Jack Brooks Regional
Brownsville/South Padre Island International
Easterwood Field (College Station)
Corpus Christi International
Robert Gray AAF (Fort Hood/Killeen)
Valley International (Harlingen)
East Texas Regional (Longview)
San Angelo Regional/Mathis Field
Tyler Pounds Regional
Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal
Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has previously worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He is a communications graduate of the University of Texas-PanAmerican.
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