Air taxis are coming soon. Zoning and regulatory authorities are not ready.

Dive Brief:
Air taxis are moving closer to reality, but federal, state and local governments have not yet developed or implemented policies for the larger electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft system, says a Mineta Transportation Institute report published in May.

Vertiports for eVTOL operations should be a part of transit-oriented development plans and policies, the report states, and development codes and zoning ordinances should add a new land-use category for them.

Vertiport development should prioritize key public venues such as transit centers and hospitals and provide access to safe pedestrian and bicycle routes and other micromobility and microtransit options, the study says.
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