New Washingtonian (well, NoVa/Arlington County)
I've been following along for a while, but I thought I'd ask re IAD:
1. Has there been any update on UA moving forward with a new C/D? That place continues to be an embarrassment, especially after arriving from FRA or VIE.
2. What percentage of UA flights at IAD are mainline?
3. Would a theoretical new C/D finally eliminate the need for those godawful people movers? Perhaps a single customs/immigration checkpoint for UA/Star with all UA/Star arrivals coming into new C/D and new people movers buses (like Neoplan or Cobus) moving O&D traffic to the IAB.
I've not been through IAD as an international arrival since moving, so I've not gotten the chance to use the IAB yet.
5. Finally, is there an automated baggage system from the terminal to A/B and/or C/D? Or is everything hauled?
Sorry for so many questions
Hey neighbor! Welcome to the DC area!
Others above have said some of what I will say below:
1. Having been out of MWAA for over a year now, I'm not quite sure what the extent talks or negotiations have progressed RE a new Tier II building. Last I heard through the grapevine, they were reaching an impasse partially because UAL didn't want to commit to the level of funding required, partially because MWAA couldn't go for another major spend at the facility. Since I last received that info, some things have changed including that arrangement they worked out regarding cost splitting between IAD/DCA to reduce emplanement costs, oh yeah and the folks in Richmond threw some support IAD's way too. Some of you on here will know better than I would the level of UAL's commitment to IAD. For local government, the outstanding issue is that MWAA currently has quite a bit of debt to be serviced from all of the capital projects since Y2K. Additionally, with DCMP Phase II still not complete, I'm not sure what their ability to finance a major capital project would be, given the risk prior to project closeout. DCA security project also doesn't make anything easier by my understanding. I feel confident that by 2040 we will have something new. By 2030 we would be lucky, probably requiring some major reorganization by a legacy, a new carrier, or other special circumstances. Those are just my wild guesses.
Additionally, I think they already did all of the permitting and environmental stuff for Tier II back in the late 90s early 00s, and I think they would need to redo that in order to proceed. Maybe an EA supplement would suffice in lieu of a full blown EIS. I have no clue. That wouldn't affect the trigger pull to start the project, just the amount of time required to implement. Mind you that they would probably also extend the west tunnel of the APM to Tier II as part of the project (and they may be required to do so per their previous EIS to meet promised GHG emissions levels), which would cost extra $$.
3. I think the best bet to see the people movers disappear would be the shuttering of one of the suppliers that still supplies the parts for those things. Obviously they would need to retrofit the existing docks at the terminal and the concourses, but I don't think that would be a big engineering ask aside from installing an elevator or two in order to handle ADA compliance. As far as an APM system, obviously Tier II wouldn't necessarily require the construction of dedicated APM tunnels to the IAB. This was originally proposed and designed but axed due to costs. I'm not sure if the final as-built config of the terminal APM station/tunnels precludes the construction of the once proposed IAB APM or not. It doesn't seem to based on the environmental docs that are online, but they aren't detailed CAD drawings, just diagrams for environmental filings.
5. I don't know what you include within the scope of the word "automated" you use, but there are both east and west baggage tunnels that run from the midfield concourses back to the terminal, so if your question was whether baggage trucks pull the bags back to the terminal, no this is not the case. As far as any further level of "automation" I have no clue.