A plan to allow airports to eliminate rental car shuttles through construction of central, consolidated offices has received final approval by the state Legislature.

Senate Bill (SB) 1192 is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Senate Bill 1192 is a win-win for travelers because it would eliminate hundreds of thousands of shuttle trips to separate rental-car lots,” the bill’s author, state Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach) said after the vote late Aug. 31. “Eliminating these shuttle trips will go far toward reducing air pollution in the Los Angeles region, which was recently found to have the worst air quality in the country.”

SB 1192 is supported by several regional airport authorities, the city of Los Angeles and the California Building Trades. The California Chamber of Commerce called it a “job-creator” bill, saying it could lead to thousands of well-paying construction jobs.

There has been no opposition, an Oropeza spokesman said.

The governor has until the end of the month to sign SB 1192, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature.

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