106 STAT. 4876 PUBLIC LAW 102-581—OCT. 31, 1992 Nation's industry, the standard of living, and the quality of life are at stake. "(3) A national intermodal transportation system is a coordinated, flexible network of diverse but complementary forms of transportation which moves people and goods in the most efficient manner. By reducing transportation costs, these intermodal systems will enhance United States industry's ability to compete in the global marketplace. "(4) All forms of transportation, including aviation and other transportation systems of the future, will be full partners in the effort to reduce energy consumption and air pollution while promoting economic development. "(5) An intermodal transportation system consists of transportation hubs which connect different forms of appropriate transportation and provides users with the most efficient means of transportation and with access to commercial centers, business locations, population centers, and the Nation's vast rural areas, as well as providing links to other forms of transportation and to intercity connections. "(6) Intermodality and flexibility are paramount issues in the process of developing an integrated system that will obtain the optimum yield of United States resources. "(7) The united States transportation infrastructure must be reshaped to provide the economic underpinnings for the Nation to compete in the 21st century global economy. The United States can no longer rely on the sheer size of its economy to dominate international economic rivals and must recognize fully that its economy is no longer a separate entity but is part of the global marketplace. The Nation's future economic prosperity depends on its ability to compete in an international marketplace that is teeming with competitors but where a full one-quarter of the Nation's economic activity takes place. "(8) The United States must make a national commitment to rebuild its infrastructure through development of a national intermodal transportation system. The United States must provide the foundation for its industries to improve productivity and their ability to compete in the global economy with a system that will move people and goods faster in an efficient manner.". (b) CAPACITY EXPANSION AND NOISE ABATEMENT. —Such section is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: "(d) CAPACITY EXPANSION AND NOISE ABATEMENT. —It is in the public interest to recognize the effects of airport capacity expansion projects on aircraft noise. Efforts to increase capacity through any means can have an impact on surrounding communities. Noncompatible land uses around airports must be reduced and efforts to mitigate noise must be given a high priority.". SEC. 102. AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM. (a) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. —Section 505(a) of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982 (49 U.S.C. App. 2204(a)) is amended— (1) by striking "and" following "1991,"; and (2) by inserting before the period at the end of the second sentence the following: ", and $15,966,700,000 for fiscal years ending before October 1, 1993".