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2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:18 pm

DOT is back soliciting grant applications for its Small Community Air Development (SCASD) program.

SCASD is meant to help communities enhance air transportation by providing temporary financial support.

Grants can be utilized to attract new air-service by establishing revenue guarantees, cost offsets, or marketing support. Additionally, grant funding can be utilized to help retain or expand current service, plus for various airport facility upgrades in order to make them more attractive for air service providers.

As in past years, the priority selection criteria the DOT shall consider includes:

o Community airfares are higher than the national average
o The community or consortium will provide a portion of the cost of the activity from local sources other than airport revenue
o Communities willing establish private-public partnership to facilitate new or improved air carrier service to the public
o Provide benefits to a broader segment of the traveling public, whose access to the national air transportation system is limited
o Proposal can be implemented within a reasonable timetable and the grant monies will be used in a timely manner.

DOT this year has $13 million in funds left over from FY2019 available for grants.

Applications are due to the DOT by January 26, 2020.


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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:24 pm

LAXintl wrote:
Applications are due to the DOT by January 26, 2020.


Perhaps 2021? I'd assume it's FY 2021 as well?
 
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:27 pm

Its 2020 program, using FY2019 funds. Submissions are due 1/26/21.
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:55 pm

For anyone else who was confused by the difference between SCASDP and EAS, here's a great PDF, which explains that difference in a succinct manner (https://crp.trb.org/acrp0331/wp-content ... rogram.pdf). An example of an airport which successfully applied for and received a grant from the program is SBY (Salisbury, Maryland), a non-EAS airport.
 
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:32 pm

Community airfares are higher than the national average

I am curious about this one. Is there a limit on the size of the market to use this money to use as a service incentive ?
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:42 pm

klm617 wrote:
Community airfares are higher than the national average

I am curious about this one. Is there a limit on the size of the market to use this money to use as a service incentive ?


Airport has to be an FAA defined small hub or smaller which is roughly 3.5-4 Million passengers or smaller
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:50 pm

gdavis003 wrote:
For anyone else who was confused by the difference between SCASDP and EAS, here's a great PDF, which explains that difference in a succinct manner (https://crp.trb.org/acrp0331/wp-content ... rogram.pdf). An example of an airport which successfully applied for and received a grant from the program is SBY (Salisbury, Maryland), a non-EAS airport.


While indeed different programs, interesting SCASD funds can be used to support EAS flights.
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:13 pm

Isn't this like EAS??...eh, ah ok, nevermind..I hadn't read the previous post.

Is this a good idea in your opinion?
 
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:18 pm

AntonioMartin wrote:
Isn't this like EAS??...eh, ah ok, nevermind..I hadn't read the previous post.

Is this a good idea in your opinion?


SCASD is typically successful in developing service that lasts w/o subsidy - EAS not so much.
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:53 pm

SCASD was very successful for Santa Fe and Roswell to PHX. Both routes are ''paused'' right now but are planned to come back. Farmington, NM is also set up to get SkyWest service to DEN. It would have started Oct 15 but is also on hold until traffic picks up. What I'd like to know is how FMN fell out of the EAS program. Comparing it with Pueblo, CO, both cities had a lot of service until about 2000, both cities lost all service at one point but PUB is still EAS and now enjoys SkyWest to DEN, even right now during the worst of times. FMN lost all service when Great Lakes bellied up and had to go the different route with SCASD to get new service just to have to put it on hold so they don't blow thru the money.
 
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:02 pm

If the subsidy went to people rather than to companies it might, for far less money, subsidize a van/sedan to the nearest airport/medical center. Planes are not the only solution for isolated communities.
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:28 pm

frmrCapCadet wrote:
If the subsidy went to people rather than to companies it might, for far less money, subsidize a van/sedan to the nearest airport/medical center. Planes are not the only solution for isolated communities.


Anybody know of a study that assesses Amtrak's bus/van connection program, like shuttling Detroit passengers south to Toledo for the eastbound WAS/NYC trains, or coastal Oregon passengers east to the Seattle-Los Angeles route?
 
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:59 pm

Your annual reminder that SCASD is different from EAS.
 
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Sat Dec 05, 2020 4:16 pm

If someone, say they work at a larger city 50-75 miles away (there are a lot of people who do these long commutes) wanted to do paid rides to town they need vehicle inspections, licenses, insurance, criminal checks and some administrative costs all of which drives costs up considerably. And most of that is needed for the safety of driver and passengers. This is where subsidies might do the most good. Add to that relief drivers and more costs. I am kind of surprised that Uber or Lyft has not made this a sub-specialty.
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:49 pm

I oppose this welfare program for rural areas. Let the market dictate just like it does in the urban areas for air travel. There are many advantages in living in a rural area but there are some disadvantages.
 
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:45 pm

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I oppose this welfare program for rural areas. Let the market dictate just like it does in the urban areas for air travel.


Do you similarly oppose mass transit subsidies, ie welfare for urban areas?

This isn't a lot of money. Trump could have played golf at his own resorts a bit less in the last few years and the avoided Secret Service expense would have covered this.

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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:17 pm

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Your annual reminder that SCASD is different from EAS.


Surprisingly (or maybe unsurprisingly) many a.neters don't see them as different. Many also do not realize this a not a service subsidy program, airports can propose many different ways to use the funds to try to increase service besides a subsidy or revenue guarantee.

Maybe it is the words "Small Community" in the SCASD title.

Few past recipients of SCASD grants have been small EAS airports or in rural areas. Instead SCASD grants the last two years have gone to airports such as FAI, TUL, ROA, ACY, AGS, and others. That has also been true during the history of the program.
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:23 pm

As reminder, the topic of this thread is the SCASD program, not EAS.

For those that wish to discuss EAS, feel free to create another thread.
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Re: 2020 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program

Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:38 pm

ultrapig wrote:
I oppose this welfare program for rural areas. Let the market dictate just like it does in the urban areas for air travel. There are many advantages in living in a rural area but there are some disadvantages.


That's it though it doesn't. The urban areas have ample completion to keep fares down while the rural areas pay through the nose so that urbanite can fly every where cheaply. Allegiant have proved that a lot of small cities are viable if your flights are priced right. I said it before the communities who want the air service should fund the short fall. Let the citizens and businesses of said community fund their air service through taxes. That way it's in their best interest to use it or lose it. With air service comes economic growth. The truth is low fares dictate the market not the amount of O/D traffic there is at over inflated fares due to lack of competition.
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