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LAX and Mayor Garcetti announce opening of $ 294 million economy parking structure – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Lox Angeles International Airport officially unveiled the airport’s new economy parking structure – LAX Economy Parking on Friday.

Part of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), a $ 5.5 billion program aimed at decongesting people traveling through LAX, LAX Economy Parking is equipped with electric vehicle chargers, parking space availability monitors, an online pre-reservation system, ceiling indicators. of open or occupied parking spaces and more. LAMP’s other components include more transportation options to LAX, relief from traffic jams inside and outside the airport, easier access to rental cars, and more convenient locations for pickup and drop-off. disembarking of passengers.

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The state-of-the-art structure rises over four floors and includes approximately 4,300 new parking spaces – nearly 500 of which are electric vehicle recharges – covering more than 1.7 million square feet. This is the first major part of LAMP that has been completed and opened to the public. It is also the first structure to be completely modernized at LAX, above all in the modernization plan for each parking structure at the airport. The plan foresees that more than 1,600 stalls will be equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles over time.

As part of the Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) sustainability plan, called “Boldly Moving to Zero”, LAX Economy Parking is a fully sustainable facility. Additional sustainability efforts include low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-saving lighting controls, and drought-tolerant landscaping.

“As the third largest airport in the world, LAX is our gateway to the world – where dreams take flight and we welcome the future of our city with open arms,” said Garcetti. “LAX Economy Parking is a historic marker of progress amid a one-in-a-generation transformation at the airport – providing travelers with a state-of-the-art facility that will help reduce congestion, allow our airport to realize its full potential, and continue to create a smoother travel experience for millions of Angelenos and visitors. “

Along with Mayor Garcetti, many familiar figures attended the inauguration, including LA City Council members Mike Bonin (District 11) and Joe Buscaino (District 15). Bonin was happy with the progress, noting that this is just the beginning of what will happen to LAX:

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“Today, we begin a series of inaugurations that will transform LAX into the modern and sustainable transit hub that our city deserves. This step is possible because we have brought together airport neighbors and airport officials to modernize LAX, reduce its impacts on local communities and make it a first-class neighbor, opening the door to great improvements in transport, job creation and environmental benefits. I am delighted to see this promise fulfilled for my constituents, Angelenos and future visitors to our vibrant city.

Buscaino added that by proposing that one of the many benefits includes a reduction in costs in the overall travel experience: “With the new terrain, as well as the connection to the Metro rail system, the Automated People Mover and the Revamped FlyAway, residents of all income levels will have options to get to and from the airport, and no longer have to choose between convenience and affordability. “

The Automated People Mover, or APM, will connect passengers to the rail system on the second floor of the Economy Parking building. There will also be a shuttle, with a designated lane that departs from regular traffic and takes passengers to the central LAX terminal.

The facility was inaugurated on July 11, 2019 and during that time, more than 3,700 artisans participated in the construction, earning more than $ 54 million in wages over 848,501 hours.

Additional amenities include pet relief areas, vending machines, and views of airplanes flying directly over the open-air rooftop.

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(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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