POSTED: September 1st 2016

LA 2024 gets boost from LA City Council approving $5.5 billion in LAX improvements

The iconic arches at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) © Bigstock
The iconic arches at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) © Bigstock

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MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles City Council has approved an agreement that lays the groundwork for a $5.5 billion modernization plan, known as the Landside Access Modernization Program, for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). LAX will not only be able to add new gates, but they will add a rail link to connect terminals with the region's growing mass transit system and a consolidated car facility. These additions will result in an increased passenger traffic by millions each year.

The proposed $5.5 billion plan will include five key elements. Firstly, an Automated People Mover or train will be installed that will connect transit services and Metro Rail to three on-site airport stations. This will allow passengers to have smooth transitions to public transportation. Secondly, there will be a new united rental facility. Then additional parking will be added with two Intermodal Transportation Facilities. Lastly, roadway improvements will be made for easy and convenient access to the new facilities.

In addition, LA 2024 bid leaders have applauded the Council's decision as this plan will aid the bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. As the city continues to grow and improve, so does LA 2024's bid.

"On behalf of LA 2024, we would like to applaud Mayor Garcetti and the City Council for working to modernize LAX, so that it offers a better experience for travelers from all over the world. LAX is already the world's leading origin and destination airport, and the nation's second busiest, and we welcome these improvements that will offer the best first impression to all visitors. LAX's modernization plan is another example of how LA 2024 offers a low-risk, sustainable and innovative vision for the Games that fits with the city's ongoing transformation and investment in its future," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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