Traffic, traffic, traffic in and around LAX. Arrive at least two hours early for a domestic flight! The number of LAX passengers increased about 8% last year to about 80 million annual passengers. Vehicle traffic increased even more! FAA says expect 30% more by 2030.
$14B in construction delays at LAX is one reason for gridlock. Per a LAX press release: “Passengers using LAX in January will need to plan ahead to navigate sidewalk and vehicle lane closures and in-terminal work. Construction alerts showing Central Terminal Area (CTA) roadway lane restrictions and sidewalk closures, as well as a pedestrian walking map and helpful airline terminal finder, can be found at www.laxishappening.com.”
Another cause of the log jam cause is transportation network companies (TNC) vehicles (i.e. Uber and Lyft) go around the Central Terminal Area several more times than private vehicles seeking to find their assigned passengers.
Aircraft Noise Complaints are up dramatically all over the region. The FAA states that there have been no changes in flight paths. The FAA does, however, acknowledge that there WILL BE changes starting in March as NextGen flight controls are implemented. All airports’ operations are effected. Many FAA meetings and webinars are scheduled throughout Southern California. See www.FAA.gov/nextgen/communityengagement/socal Sample of list:
Jan 23--Veterans Memorial Building, Culver City
Jan 24—Langley Sr. Center, Monterey Park
Jan 25—Palisades Charter HS, Pacific Palisades
Jan 26—Toyota Meeting Hall, Torrance
Jan 30—Burbank Community Services Bldg, Burbank
Jan 31—Community Center Grand Ballroom, La Habra
For More Info, Denny Schneider, President ARSAC www.RegionalSolution.org 213-675-1817
This landmark agreement is a win-win for everyone! The real significance of this agreement, however, is that it is documenting a meeting of the minds and is not just another “enforceable agreement.” On behalf of ARSAC and the communities surrounding LAX, we thank Councilman Mike Bonin for his leadership in the development of this agreement, and to Mayor Eric Garcetti, The Board of Airport Commissioners, and Los Angeles World Airports for working with us to make this long-time coming agreement come to fruition. We also want to thank Congresswoman Maxine Waters for her unwavering support. This agreement demonstrates a new era of cooperation between LAWA and its neighbors not seen in over 40 years where air safety, air quality, noise, and health concern mitigations are on the same level of importance as operational efficiency.
We dedicate this landmark agreement to Denny Schneider’s visionary deceased wife, Nan; great, great, great friend Bill Rosendahl; and our airport mentor Roy Hefner, deceased Westchester Community member, whose efforts made this possible.
The ARSAC Board and community spent well over 100,000 man-hours during the past 20 years reviewing and commenting on LAWA projects. This agreement brings certainty to communities where unconstrained airport growth caused a very uncertain world and damaged quality of life.
This agreement calls for:
Improved north airfield safety without moving runways closer to airport neighbors. Safety enhancements include moving high speed taxiways to the last third of the runway ends, improved taxiways parallel to the north terminals and active safety technology such as Runway Status Lights (RSL) and Final Approach Runway Occupancy Signals (FAROS) to warn pilots if it is unsafe to enter or land on a runway. These new north airfield taxiway enhancements should result in a reduction in aircraft emissions thereby protecting the surrounding communities and the 50,000 people working at LAX.
New passenger gates within the Central Terminal Area will replace the west remote gates currently served by buses.
A new community park in the LAX Northside Development
A new site for an airport air quality monitoring station “Real” ongoing dialogue will occur between LAWA, ARSAC and the community to make LAX better while enhancing the community.
Denny Schneider, President of ARSAC, stated, “We have been the strongest advocates for fixing and improving service at LAX and to make it safe. This is a great day for Los Angeles because LAWA is now updating needed landside terminals and public access to LAX along with significant taxiway improvements and upgraded safety systems.”
Robert Acherman, Vice President of ARSAC stated, “The MOU is a giant step forward in airport and community relations. We look forward to working with LAWA in improving access to LAX while also protecting airport neighborhoods from airport impacts.”
We are so pleased that this is now going to happen. LAWA is addressing both air and ground safety along as well as health impacts.
Thanks again to all you have worked to make this happen.
ARSAC's correspondence to SCAG (Southern California Associations of Governments) regarding the agency's Regional Aviation Forecast:
"The FAA has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E to document the potential environmental effects associated with the optimization of aircraft routes and the supporting airspace management structure serving aircraft operating under instrument flight rules (IFR) while departing from or arriving to the Southern California Metroplex area...
...The Draft EA for the SoCal Metroplex project was released and made available for public review and comment on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. A copy of the document can be downloaded from the documents webpage, or viewed at selected public libraries. The public is invited to comment by mail or email. Contact information is available on the public input webpage. Written comments will be accepted by the FAA until Friday, July 10, 2015.
The FAA invites the public to attend public information workshops for the Draft EA. During the workshops, representatives from the FAA and its Consultant Team will be available to answer questions about the project. The workshops will be open-house format and participants can attend anytime at the times and locations listed below."