L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin: Airlines may not want it, but LAX must be connected to rail

Better ground transporeation may not be a pirority for airlines at LAX. But Mike Bonin said it must improve no matter what. Wikimedia Commons photo.

Better ground transportation may not be a priority for airlines at LAX. But L.A. council member Mike Bonin said it must improve no matter what. Wikimedia Commons photo.

It was news earlier this week when LAX airport director Gina Marie Lindsey said airlines might push back against two ambitious ground transportation projects important to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city and counter officials.

The comments, which you can read here, were a somewhat rare expression of honesty by a public official. Lindsey said airlines — her tenants — don’t necessary want an Automated People Mover or a Ground Transportation Center, mainly because they’ll have to pay for them, either directly or indirectly. Our friends at CurbedLA picked up on this, and the commenters have been pretty harsh to Lindsey.

But L.A. councilman Mike Bonin, whose district includes the airport, told me what Lindsey said isn’t really a big deal. Whether airlines want it or or not, he suggested, the city will build what it needs.

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LAX spokeswoman: It’s too early to discuss how to fund airport ground transport elements


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Gina Marie Lindsey’s spokeswoman wrote this afternoon to clarify what the LAX airport director said Monday about airlines not wanting to pay for two projects important to Mayor Eric Garcetti — an Automated People Mover and a Intermodal Transportation Facility. 

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti wants better LAX ground transportation. But do airlines?

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A new LAX ground transportation center could look like this. But do airlines even want it? Rendering courtesy of L.A. World Airports.

Los Angeles International Airport executive director Gina Marie Lindsey says airlines have little interest in two projects favored by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti — an intermodal transportation center and an automated people mover.

She made the comments at Monday’s Board of Airport Commissioners meeting. Several members suggested to Lindsey that more efficient ground transportation — and thus less terminal area congestion –would make for happier airlines, but Lindsey pushed back against that assertion.

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