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Airport Commissioners To Vote Tuesday on LAX Modernization Plan

While airlines and the FAA support expanding LAX, some suggest utilizing Ontario Airport for the extra passenger demand.

The public will have another chance to voice concerns over the proposed LAX modernization plan, that could move one runway closer to Westchester homes.

The proposed plan would move the northernmost runway 260 feet closer to residents and away from the central terminal. The additional space created would be used for taxing planes and allow new passenger gates to be built, a move that the FAA and airlines support.

In addition to the runway relocation, officials are proposing a possible Metro station that would link directly with the airport and a new passenger terminal, with a working title of “Terminal Zero” that would be built east of terminal 1. 

Many Westchester residents want flights shifted to Ontario Airport, which is owned by Los Angeles World Airport, that also owns LAX. 

A plan favored by Councilman Bill Rosendahl. 

“I’m gathering broad support on behalf of my constituents to properly modernize our airport in a way that benefits everyone,” Rosendahl said in a statement. “My good friend, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, has agreed to join me at a meeting with local airport stakeholders to hear directly from the community about its support for SPAS Alternatives 2 and 9, and we have other members of Congress engaging in this issue as well.”

Rosendahl supports building an automated people mover and a consolidated rental car center, as well as connecting the green line directly to the airport without further disturbing residents.

On Tuesday, airport commissioners will meet to formally consider the proposed modernization plans, and possibly certify the environmental impact report.

The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Samuel Greenberg Board Room, at 1 World Way at LAX, located near the old tower just inside the airport. (Map).

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