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Airport Ground Transportation Association

Welcome to the Airport Ground Transportation Association!

We are a trade association for ground transportation operators, airport authorities, and industry suppliers dedicated to the continuous improvement of airport ground transportation services for the traveling public.

Please join us for our next meeting:

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April 27 - 30, 2014
Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key
Clearwater Beach FL

On the heels of our last exciting meeting in St. Louis during the fall of 2013 where members of the AGTA joined with members of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) we gather again to discuss evolving trends in the Ground Transportation Industry. Many experienced people from every aspect of the business will be present to discuss the items that most concern our members and the best way to ensure that travelers receive the best services possible when they travel to and through airports around the world.

While the agenda for the meeting is still being refined and finalized, here is the current list of scheduled sessions:

Monday, April 28

Promoting Shared-Ride Van Service as a "Best Choice" at Airports

How (and should) airports and shared-ride van services better promote these environmentally friendly and energy- and curb-efficient forms of privately provided ground transportation? Is a shared-ride service mode always a good option for your airport? Should high occupancy vehicles and buses be given priority at airports?

Dealing with Transportation and Parking Network Companies

Uber, UberX, Lyft, Sidecar, and others which are being classified as ridesharing or transportation network companies are increasing the workload on many airport curbs, with many more sedan-type operators, (often a single vehicle) vying for space to meet their prearranged passengers. Adding to that, car-sharing, off-airport parking schemes, and other unique "app" technologies are creating even more challenges for the ground transportation industry and airports. The liability and safety issues anticipated with these companies utilizing the private roadways of airports for their commercial purposes poses implications for both airports and ground transportation operators. Industry personnel and consultants will advise airport ground transportation officials and carriers on what is happening around the country and how these operations are being addressed.

Luncheon & Speaker (unconfirmed)
Concurrent Roundtable Sessions / Workshops

Monday afternoon's smaller breakout sessions will engage delegates in discussions involving the important issues for ground transportation operations and airports that have been presented during the morning general sessions. Each participant is encouraged to relate how these topics are addressed or administered within their airport and/or operations. The objective of these roundtable discussions is to learn from each other’s successes and mistakes. Specific topics to be addressed might include some 'good' aspects of transportation apps that ground operators, parking shuttles and airports should embrace and use, citing related operator/airport experiences.

Concurrent Workshop Sessions / Workshops
  • Operators will discuss and develop guidelines for best practices for shared ride operations at airports.
  • Airport Landside Training Program is for airport officials who wish to receive University certification for training in airport ground transportation. Participants will attend a four-hour training program over the three days of this conference that will include two hours of instruction and a Wednesday morning tour of the Tampa International Airport landside facilities.
Cocktail hour - Dinner on your own
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Tuesday, April 29

Specialized Vehicles and Fuel for Airport Ground Transportation

The airport curb is a very busy place with all types, sizes, and configuration or personal, courtesy and commercial vehicles and their drivers. To many airport users, it would appear that vehicles and their operation would have no rhyme or reason. However, each of these courtesy and commercial vehicles are so configured for a specific purpose and cost. Airport officials and ground operators will discuss what and why they have chosen the vehicles and fuels they use on the airport curb.

Driver and Passenger Safety

Industry experts will discuss both the driver law(s) and practical approaches to ensuring both driver and passenger safety. Given the nature of many taxi and shared ride operations with independent drivers, what can the operator and the airport do to ensure that safe driving hours are adhered to? Potential new threats to airport and provider liability may have been established with the passage of some state laws legalizing marijuana use. What are airports and operators doing to deal with this new challenge?

Specialized Vehicles and Fuel for Airport Ground Transportation

The airport curb is a very busy place with all types, sizes, and configuration or personal, courtesy and commercial vehicles and their drivers. To many airport users, it would appear that vehicles and their operation would have no rhyme or reason. However, each of these courtesy and commercial vehicles are so configured for a specific purpose and cost. Airport officials and ground operators will discuss what and why they have chosen the vehicles and fuels they use on the airport curb.

A Refresher (or Introductory) Course on Social Media Use

Internet and transportation apps are revolutionizing how ground transportation is chosen, paid for and, most importantly, how it’s viewed in the eyes of its customers. This recurring general session of AGTA will explore the pitfalls and successes experienced when using and monitoring these social media sites for the ground transportation industry. Questions addressed include whether airports should monitor social media comments regarding their ground transportation operations and take steps to address adverse (and positive) comments.

Luncheon & Speaker (Unconfirmed)
Concurrent Roundtable Sessions

During these roundtable sessions, airport landside managers and service providers will together expand upon topics introduced during the morning presentations, more specifically addressing evolving clean air requirements for airports, operator experiences with "clean fuel" - whether propane, natural gas, and/or electric vehicles. Ensuring the safety of both drivers and passengers will be explored utilizing examples in practice within the ground transportation industry. Discussions will address enforcement of safe hours of service and the implications and liability issues for both operators and airports arising from the recent move to legalize marijuana usage in some states.

Operator & Airport Workshops
  • Operators will use this session to define the necessary language in airport concession agreements to assist in controlling the hours of service for safe performance by both independent and employee drivers. What is the minimum level of technology reasonably required to monitor driver performance and operations?
  • Airport Landside Training Program - Part II iContinuation of program begun on Monday. See description of the certification program being offered for airport landside officials.
Cocktails & Dinner

Wednesday, April 30

Continental Breakfast/ Wrap-Up Roundtable

Ray Mundy, Executive Director of AGTA; Director, UM-SL Center for Transportation Studies. This wrap-up session will feature data needs of the airport ground transportation industry. Participants will help set the agenda for what information the Association will collect and analyze. Depart for tour of ground transportation at Tampa’s International Airport. Participants can bring suitcases on board for departure after the tour.

Spouse & Guest Activities

Monday & Tuesday, April 28 & 29

Specific spouse/guest activities for Monday and Tuesday will be determined by the number of registered guests. Either Monday or Tuesday morning, the group will visit and tour the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a working marine hospital and rehab facility, and the home of Winter, inspirational marine star of the recent movie, Dolphin Tale.

Sample what you'll see at www.seewinter.com.

Participants will meet at approximately 9:30 Monday and Tuesday mornings, depart the hotel for the "tour du jour", enjoy a light lunch, and then have plenty of time on your own to savor the sun and Clearwater's famous beach.

Casual, comfortable attire will be appropriate for any tour. Final details of the Spouse Tours will be in the Final Program that will be sent to delegates in mid-April. The Association web site will additionally post updates as plans are finalized.

Please Contact Ray at mundyr@umsl.edu with YOUR suggestions for a topic that is a hot topic for your operation or airport so we can add it to the agenda!


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