The Assembly Transportation Committee voted Monday, April 16th, to approve Assembly Bill (AB) 889 that would create a single-purpose entity charged with connecting the Metro Green Line to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Ted Lieu, whose district includes some of The Argonaut distribution area, and State Senator Jenny Oropeza of Carson.
The vote was 13-0, with one abstention.
Currently, the Green Lineís nearest stop to LAX is in El Segundo, just one mile short of the airport, and from there it turns south and comes to a final end in Redondo Beach.
ìItís the residents of the South Bay who are paying the price for this failure,î Lieu said. ìThe noise, pollution and traffic around the airport are horrendous and getting worse every day.
ìMoving even some of these passengers onto rail would bring quality-of-life benefits to the whole region.î
LAX is one of the busiest airports in the world, serving over 60 million air passengers annually, creating over 100 million car trips in and out of the airport. In addition, it is one of the nationís busiest cargo airports, adding heavy truck traffic, Lieu said.
Lieu and Oropeza are partnering on this bill, with the support of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents the airport and the surrounding areas, including The Argonaut distribution area within the City of Los Angeles. The three, along with Congresswoman Jane Harman, County Supervisor Don Knabe, and other elected officials, have formed the ìGreen Line Coalition,î an organization to promote the completion of the Green Line.
ìFor too long, the Westside has suffered from severe traffic gridlock and insufficient public transportation,î Rosendahl said. ìExtending the Green Line to LAX would be a huge step toward building a much-needed rail network on the Westside and freeing our streets and highways from traffic congestion.î
Information on AB 889, www.assembly.ca.gov/lieu, or www.greenlinecoalition.com/.