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Welcome to --  Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP) EIS Fast Facts -- All we want is compromise and successful operation of Philadelphia's airport. Why can't the new runways be pointed to use the Delaware River?  In addition, why can't the Delaware River be used for takeoff and approach for existing and future operations?  River routes would lessen the impact on neighborhoods and the planes could still have access to Philadelphia's airport.  Groups from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have been asking about this for years. The graphic below shows that river routing has not been seriously considered as a regional solution for airport growth.  

Philadelphia Airport

Note: Inbound radar tracks are shown in blue. Outbound are shown in Green

Both of the runway proposals drastically increase capacity at PHL and would impact heavily on the people and neighborhoods in the flight path. The diagonal concept is similar in configuration to Los Angeles International (LAX), an airport that moved 75 million passengers in the year 2000.  Competition is good, but what price must our neighborhoods pay?  The runways and airspace are both being redesigned.  Isn't it time for our elected officials to speak on our behalf?  This is not just a problem for South Jersey, Northern Delaware, Tinicum, or Havertown - this is truly a regional issue.

LVIA poised for Growth
Sunday, April 30, 2006
NYC/Philadelphia area airports jammed. Officials hope regional airports, including LVIA can handle more traffic. New York and New Jersey Port Authority officials are studying six regional airports, including Lehigh Valley International Airport, to help ease New York City's airline passenger congestion, according to a cover story Saturday in the New York Times. About 25 percent of Lehigh Valley residents use New York airports and 25 to 30 percent use the Philadelphia airport, Doughty said.Lehigh Valley International can increase their share of the market by adding more non-stop flights, Doughty said.

FAA Issues Record of Decision for PHL 17-35  --  04/29/05 -- The FAA made its decision on 17-35, as expected, in favor of Alternative One to extend runway 17-35 to 6500 ft.

The FAA has approved or is currently permiting the following "piecemeal" capacity increases at PHL :

1) implementation of the Dual Modena departure patterns in October 2003;

2) extension of the smaller runway 17/35;

3) expansion of the airspace through the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign, which is an integral component of an airport expansion; and

4) addition of a parallel runway through the CEP.

The FAA continues to "piecemeal" the expansion in the skies and on the ground and fails to accurately render and display the cumulatitive impact from all these projects as a whole on the surrounding communities in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Longer runways = larger planes and increased noise over our neighborhoods.

737 landing @ Trenton
737 above the tree line landing at Trenton-Mercer Airport, Ewing, NJ.

Copy from the 17-35 EIS website:
"Furthermore, it appears that the Runway 17-35 Project will generate fewer environmental impacts and that the impacts will be of lesser magnitude than the impacts from the Capacity Enhancement Program. The EIS and permitting for theRunway 17-35 Project are, therefore, anticipated to be completed in a much shorter time frame than the EIS for the Capacity Enhancement Program." 

PHL Runway 17-35
Notice the dual arrival tracks from prosposed expanded PHL East/West runways over Chester, PA. Voted "Toxic Town, USA" by George Magazine 1998

Did you know the 17-35 expansion (North/South runway ) will land more and larger jets over Lower Merion, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, and other areas of Delaware County that have never experienced sustained air traffic? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) want to extend the 17-35 runway by 1000 feet to accomodate larger aircraft.

FAA funding...  Where does it come from?
The FAA was reauthorized (HR-2115) by Congress in late 2003 for 60 billion dollars to be distributed over 4 years. The bill included funding for airport expansion and National Airspace Redesign.  The FAA points runways and planes at people because federal law says it can.  How did your Senator or House member vote?  Some elected representatives actually issued yes votes for FAA Reauthorization.  Some representatives did issue no votes.  Regardless of the vote, the bill was neither written nor ammended to protect the residents of Southern New Jersey, New Castle County, DE and Delaware County, PA.

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