LAWA Receives Public Agency of the Year Award from Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition for Automated People Mover

12/06/2018 10:32 AM

LASC recognizes LAX's forthcoming Automated People Mover as sustainable.
For Immediate Release
December 5, 2018

Frederick Badlissi

(424) 646-5260


Dr. Sherman Gay (LASC) presenting the 2018 Sustainability Public Agency of the Year Award to Tamara McCrossen-Orr (Chief Planning Officer, Office of Sustainability, Los Angeles World Airports). Photos appear courtesy of Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition.

(Los Angeles, CA) Yesterday, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) was honored by the Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition as "Public Agency of the Year" at its annual awards dinner. The award recognized the transformative potential of Los Angeles International Airport's (LAX) forthcoming Automated People Mover (APM), which is scheduled to open in 2023. The APM, when complete, will connect LAX to Los Angeles Metro's light rail network, allowing riders from throughout Los Angeles County to travel to and from LAX and further reduce the region's carbon footprint.

"We want to thank the Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition for recognizing our efforts to move forward with programs that are sustainable and environmentally sensitive,” said Samantha Bricker, Deputy Executive Director for Environmental Programs, LAWA. "When the Automated People Mover is complete, it will enable many Angelenos to have a direct connection from mass transit to the central terminal area at LAX without having to step foot in a car, thus reducing carbon emissions across a wide footprint."

The APM, part of the LAX Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), will connect LAX with a brand new Intermodal Transportation Facility and a Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) Facility across a span of 2.25 miles. End-to-end, the APM can complete a trip from the ConRAC to the terminal area in 10 minutes, with no more than a two-minute wait between cars. The APM's maintenance facility will also operate sustainably, generating one megawatt of its power needs from solar panels.

Outside of the APM, LAWA has worked for decades to implement policies and practices that further promote sustainability and a cleaner environment. Among them is LAWA's Alternative Fuel Vehicle Requirement, originally adopted in 2007 and updated in 2017, which applies to on-road vehicles operating at LAX with gross weights of 8,500 pounds or more (e.g., buses, shuttles, catering trucks, delivery vehicles, and most large passenger vans). Operators subject to the requirement must use alternative-fuel vehicles, such as those powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) or by other low or non-emitting means. Vehicle suitability under the requirement has been determined by an independent third-party monitor.

Last month, LAWA and seven tenant businesses at Van Nuys general aviation airport (VNY) kicked off the start of a solar energy initiative to power the airport with clean power. When fully energized, all of the systems combined will produce approximately 44.6 million kilowatt-hours annually — enough to power about 8,000 homes each year. In addition, the seven projects will annually reduce more than 73.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

Both LAX and VNY are accredited by the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program, an initiative led by Airports Council International-Europe to assist airports in measuring and reducing carbon emissions against publicly-published reduction goals. Progress towards those goals are verified by an independent auditor.

On the construction side, LAWA adopted a “Clean Construction Policy,” (CCP) which ensures that our contractors use the cleanest construction equipment available on the market at the time of construction. The CCP also recycles demolition debris, which can be re-incorporated into the structures of other LAWA buildings. Portions of the latest renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and the Central Utility Plant were made, in part, using recycled debris. 
The Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition also recognized APM contractor Balfour Beatty as "Construction Company of the Year."

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX, the fifth busiest airport in the world and second in the United States, was named in Skytrax’ 2018 top 10 U.S. airports. LAX served more than 84.56 million passengers in 2017 and offers 737 daily nonstop flights to 100 cities in the U.S. and 1,386 weekly nonstop flights to 88 cities in 44 countries on 73 commercial air carriers.  LAX ranks 13th in the world and fourth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion.  LAX handled 700,362 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2017.

An economic study based on 2014 operations reported LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues.  The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital-improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion, $966 million in state and local taxes, and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX is also the second most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

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