Friday, March 26, 2010
Airport Space Plan Was Years Out of Date
Today’s Sean Hao special has over 750 words in it, but you have to read about 650 of them before you come to this:
"According to the state DOT, the city based its initial analysis of the impacts of rail on an outdated airport layout plan. That plan was drafted in the mid-1990s and had not been updated to reflect a 1994 change in runway protection zones."That seems to be more than a little interesting. Several questions:
• Exactly how long had the plan been out of date?
• Who is responsible for updating the plan?
• What is the requirement to update the plan?
• Did the outdated plan leave safety issues unaddressed?
• When was the plan eventually rewritten?
• What does the FAA say about the failure to update the plan?
• Is the failure to update the plan responsible for the current confusion about rail's alignment near the airport?
Based on the buried lead of this story, maybe this is a better headline: Airport space plan was years out of date
The State Department of Transportation presumably is responsible for the plan's upkeep, but we don't know for sure, because the Advertiser's reporter apparently didn't ask these questions and seems not to care.