|Quoting Commavia (Reply 1):|
We should be building
runways transportation facilities in the U.S. to deal with increasing demand for air travel in the United States
...then I'd agree with you.
My opinion is that we have a myopic view as aviation enthusiasts, employees, etc. on this board that fundamentally all travel needs can and should be served via air travel. Broadening out, we Americans have a viewpoint that all travel needs can and should be served via road-based travel--if only better facilities to get us to airports when distances reach a certain threshold. That remains, in my humble opinion, the crux of the issue.
Now I'm not suggesting that ATC can not be improved for the sake of supporting air transportation growth. It can. And if I knew the answer as to precisely how and who pays, I'd be a far wealthier man than I am. (perhaps not saying a whole lot, but anyway...) But the strain on the transportation system at large in this country is growing, and our reliance on somewhat out-of-balance modes of travel only exacerbates the problem.
I suppose I would agree with Mike Boyd that the term "RJ" is a bit of a misnomer, as its role in the airline industry has changed from a "regional" coverage to that of a "mainline substitution" when service must be maintained for the good of the network but there aren't enough butts in seats to maintain profitability on the existing supply. To that end, I suppose I don't really view some of these particularly troubled airports, e.g. JFK
, et. al. as being overrun with RJ
's, so as Commavia suggested, surely there's more to the problem than the RJs, regardless of role.
Sorry for the somewhat lengthy philosophical aside here. I guess as a Civil Engineer, I see this situation as being far greater than just an "air travel" problem.
I plan on living forever. So far, so good...