The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) FlyAway Program has received the first Innovative Transportation Solutions Award from the Women’s Transportation Seminar ñ Los Angeles Chapter.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city agency that operates LAX, runs the LAX FlyAway network of nonstop buses between LAX and three locations — Union Station, Van Nuys and Westwood. The regularly scheduled buses carried 1.3 million passengers last year. Service began at Van Nuys in 1975, Union Station was added in 2006 and Westwood last year.

The LAX FlyAway is the first recipient of the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award presented by the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

“The operation of the LAX FlyAway is a major team effort for many divisions at LAWA, supported by major contributions by our transportation partners at Metro, Metrolink, Amtrak and UCLA,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of the airport agency. “Our popular bus service is convenient and affordable and makes significant contributions to reducing traffic congestion and cleaning the air.”

The LAX FlyAway is part of the airport agency’s environmental efforts to encourage high-occupancy vehicle ridership. Airport transportation experts estimate that ridership on the LAX FlyAway last year eliminated approximately 23 million vehicle miles, prevented tons of emissions and reduced traffic congestion.

More than 22 million travelers and airport employees have used the LAX FlyAway since the service’s inception in 1975.