The Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California has reached a significant milestone after the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (CPC) gave its approval for the project’s amended planning documents.
The recommendations were made during a special joint meeting between the CPC and Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC).
David Ambroz, president of the CPC, said, “Planning for communities in Los Angeles means giving careful consideration to projects which address essential quality-of-life and environmental challenges. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has approached the plan in such a comprehensive way. My fellow commissioners and I fully support LAMP, a sustainable transportation system that offers safe and efficient options, while balancing the needs of the airports surrounding communities.”
Sean Burton, president of BOAC, said, “This is a momentous time for the city and LAX, and we are appreciative of our CPC colleagues’ support and approve these plan amendments. The proposed US$5.5bn LAMP project would be a major element of LAWA’s US$14.4bn Capital Improvement Program, and would be central to transforming LAX into a world-class airport.”
Deborah Flint, CEO of LAWA, said, “The recommendations made by the CPC are an important step in the process. In addition to revolutionizing transportation to and from LAX, the LAMP project will provide numerous economic opportunities, reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for communities adjacent to LAX. It will transform LAX into a modern, state-of-the-art airport servicing passengers, employees and neighbors.”
Amendments were approved for four separate plans: the LAX Plan, the Westchester-Playa del Rey Community Plan, Mobility Plan 2035, and the LAX Specific Plan. The amendments also included zone changes to various properties located within the plans.
Collectively, these amendments permit the construction of LAMP’s several primary components, which include: an automated people mover (APM) system with six stations that would transport passengers between the central terminal area (CTA) and the other main project components located east of the CTA; a Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ConRAC); and two new Intermodal Transportation Facilities, which include public parking and passenger drop-off and pick-up areas. LAMP would also include planned roadway improvements throughout the LAX area.