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-7- extended to Teterboro. In addition, service from Kennedy now includes Westchester, as well as Teterboro. Such helicopter routes, radiating from the various airports to outlying communities, are the first step in the development of a regional air transportation planning concept using a series of satellite terminals, or Marshalling Centers, through which both passengers and cargo will be channeled. Passengers will be processed at these outlying points and transported to the airports which will be used primarily for aircraft operations rather than for passenger servicing. Together, when fully established, these operations at principal airports, at city-center facilities, and at Marshaling Centers, will constitute an integrated airline network, transporting the passenger directly by air from a location near his home, or other point or origin, to another near his destination, rather than just between the outlying airports of two cities. The City of New York recognizes the need for additional VTOL operating bases and currently is planning a new air transportation center at the East River between 36th and 38th Streets. This, the world's largest public heliport, will be constructed on the roof of an eight-story building which will house a large garage as well as having complete passenger and cargo facilities. This facility will accommodate simultaneously helicopters capable of carrying upwards of 100 passengers, and "Flying Cranes" carrying trailer-type truck-size cargo loads. But, of greater importance, it will further integrate New York City into the national and international passenger and cargo air transport network. Additionally, New York City planners contemplate the use of the abandoned dock areas on the lower North River to provide short runways for the operation of STOL aircraft.
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