Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Marina del Rey) that permits airports to eliminate rental-car shuttles through construction of central, consolidated offices was signed into law Thursday, Sept. 30 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Senate Bill (SB) 1192 garnered a wide array of support, including from several regional airport authorities, the city of Los Angeles, the California Building Trades and the California Chamber of Commerce, which categorized it as a “job-creator” bill because it could lead to thousands of well-paying construction jobs, a spokesman for Oropeza noted.

“Senate Bill 1192 is a win-win for travelers because it would eliminate hundreds of thousands of shuttle trips to separate rental-car lots,” said Oropeza after Schwarzenegger signed her legislation.

“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.”

There was no opposition to this measure, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2011.