By Gary Walker
Plans and possible future configurations of how an intermodal transportation facility would provide passenger connections with Los Angeles International Airport was fleshed out in greater detail for the first time in months at a joint meeting between two committees of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa.
The council’s Airport Relations and Government Affairs committees invited representatives from the offices of a variety of elected officials, as well as from Los Angeles World Airports and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to the joint meeting at Del Rey Church in Playa del Rey July 15. The event provided an update on plans for an intermodal ground transportation facility near Area C and a Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility and long-term parking area in Manchester Square in Westchester.
LAWA Chief of Planning Christopher Koontz said his agency is looking at the transportation facility as “the front door to the airport.”
Following an analysis of alternatives for an airport connector, Metro has devised four potential solutions, said Roderick Diaz, Metro’s director of systemwide planning and transit corridors for countywide planning and development. Two of the options involve light rail, with a direct light rail extension going into LAX from the Metro Green Line and a second light rail option involving the Green Line and the Crenshaw-LAX line entering the airport.
The second set of options revolves around an Automated People Mover transporting passengers to LAX.
“I am impressed by the multitude of LAWA transportation projects that are dependent on each other for planning decisions to be made,” said Jim Kennedy, who attended the meeting. “The most surprising aspect of LAWA starting this phase of transportation planning is that they have waited until now to start this phase of transportation planning.”
The Metro light rail stop at Century and Aviation boulevards will be the hub of the circulators as well as the light rail alternatives.
Airport Committee Chair Craig Eggers noticed disparities in the presentations from the two transportation entities.
“I thought it became very clear that although they are trying to work together on this, there are still some differences between Metro and LAWA in terms of their approach to this transportation solution,” Eggers said.