The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners voted Thursday, Oct. 7, to recommend approval of the $ 6 billion Airfield Terminal project, which airport officials say will reduce traffic on public streets and improve the customer experience.
The project will be sent to Los Angeles City Council for final approval. Councilor Mike Bonin, representing neighborhoods around LAX, on Wednesday introduced a series of motions aimed at getting Los Angeles World Airports to use the project as an opportunity to promote sustainability, airport access and worker protection.
“LAX modernization will ensure we get a world-class airport,” Bonin said. “But it is just as important that we get an airport that is a first-class neighbor and a first-class employer. We have a great opportunity to ensure that the improvements at LAX benefit travelers, people who live near the airport, and the employees who make the airport work every day. ”
LAX officials say the project will create 4,700 new long-term projects and thousands of construction jobs. LAX’s website says the project will reduce airport-related congestion and traffic on public streets as well as improve the customer experience at the airport. It also claims that reconfiguration of its taxiways and runways will lead to smaller aircraft at idle and a decrease in air pollution.
But rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, came out against the plan, saying she is against any increase in the LAX gate and that the expansion would equate to more pollution, traffic and noise for her constituents.
“An increase in LAX capacity of this size would facilitate a significant increase in the number of aircraft being accommodated by LAX and a corresponding increase in landings and departures, harmful emissions, traffic jams and noise for my constituents and all who live and work in surrounding communities, ”Waters said in a September 15 letter to the board of airport commissioners.
Los Angeles World Airports, which owns and operates LAX and Van Nuys Airport, responded to the letter in a statement to City News Service on September 15, saying it is “creating the world-class airport our city deserves while we were at the same time be a good neighbor to our local community by providing jobs and opportunities to businesses and residents and promoting sustainability elements in our project. ”
Bonin’s package of proposals, introduced on Wednesday, seeks to use the ATMP project for the benefit of airport staff and the surrounding communities, according to the councilor.
The first proposal, introduced with Councilor Paul Krekorian, seeks a plan to achieve carbon-neutral facilities at the airport by 2035. The proposal will order a report from LAWA within 120 days on:
– Opportunities for electricity generation on land owned by LAWA, including at LAX, Van Nuys Airport and its land in Palmdale;
– Recommendations for the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel, including legislative reforms at national and national level
-The percentage of ground-based vehicles operated on LAX and Van Nuys, which are zero-emission vehicles, and incentive programs used to phase out emission-generating vehicles, electrification targets and timelines for the programs, and
Plans to electrify parking facilities, including the current percentage of parking spaces that offer charging of electric cars.
The second proposal was introduced along with Councilor Marqueece Harris-Dawson and seeks to improve access to the airport for its 50,000 employees. The proposal will order reports from LAWA within 120 days on:
– Establishment of organizational and transit improvement goals for the newly established Transport Management Organization at LAX, which ensures that stronger communication and improved transport services are expanded over time to reduce private car commuting, traffic and pollution;
– Improving data and meeting employee transit needs, including a strategy for the Transport Management Agency’s office to record employee working time and commuting patterns, and how this data can address gaps in commuter programs or public transport
-The economic and legal feasibility of setting up a LAWA-operated ride share, employee bus and FlyAway service to offer free transit to airport-based employees or reduced-cost transit
Strategies to improve the competitiveness of public transport and commuter programs for airport workers and
– The ability to establish an independent nonprofit to manage a TMO organization in an airport area that includes employers in Los Angeles, El Segundo, and nearby LA County unincorporated areas.
The third proposal – jointly introduced by Council President Nury Martinez, Councilor Kevin de Leon and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez – seeks to create an agreement between LAWA and its airport and service union with a mutually agreed framework of terms, obligations, obligations and enforcement provisions. The agreement will improve worker protection, create better and more affordable transport options, require the airport to monitor air quality and create a faster transition to zero-emission vehicles to deal with pollution in the area.
“As a nearby resident and worker at LAX, I want to ensure that city leaders work with community members to ensure that this project does not disproportionately affect working families,” said Jovan Houston, an employee at LAX.
“For far too long, black and brown societies have paid a high toll, and our quality of life and health have suffered. We look forward to working with the LA City Council to ensure that we protect the health and environment of the working community, make public transportation safe, affordable and accessible, and guarantee that all jobs coming from this project are good jobs that help all the people of Los Angeles thrive. ”