Airport Woes: Opportunity Knocks and Points to Commuter Rail, Transit, Biking, and Walking!
In the paper today is another story on the airport, "Budget Woes Threaten McNary Tower."
But maybe a better headline would be, "Budget talk gives Salem opportunity to reevaluate total transportation system."
When you look at how Salem's airport stacks up relative to other state airports (not including Portland international), it's clear just now much of a marginal, regional, local airport it really is:
Portland — Hillsboro, Hillsboro
Total operations 2005: 219,065
Total operations 2010: 242,544 Mahlon Sweet Field, Eugene
Total operations 2005: 92,806
Total operations 2010: 87,369 Portland — Troutdale, Troutdale
Total operations 2005: 66,225
Total operations 2010: 76,538 Redmond Municipal — Roberts Field, Redmond
Total operations 2005: 62,708
Total operations 2010: 66,530 Rogue Valley International, Medford
Total operations 2005: 61,629
Total operations 2010: 65,936 Klamath Falls International, Klamath Falls
Total operations 2005: 53,822
Total operations 2010: 47,473 Salem McNary Field, Salem Total operations 2005: 46,608 Total operations 2010: 57,866 Southwest Oregon Regional, North Bend
Total operations 2005: 41,982
Total operations 2010: 49,700 Eastern Oregon Regional, Pendleton
Total operations 2005: 26,091
Total operations 2010: 24,777
Isn't it time we looked to something that could be a strength instead of something that isn't clearly needed and may be overcompensation for a weakness?
Instead of continuing to indulge in wishful thinking for air service, how about we really double-down on commuter rail service up and down the I-5 corridor? Now that's something worthwhile!
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