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Court Finds New Runway May Induce Growth

On August 25, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the FAA failed to adequately consider the potential indirect effects of a proposed new runway at the Hillsboro Airport in Oregon.  In Barnes v. DOT, the court found that a new runway has the potential to increase demand at the Airport, not simply reduce congestion and delay, and remanded the matter to the FAA to consider the possible growth-inducing effects of the new runway.