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LAX Board OKs Review of Taxiway Plan

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February 10, 2009

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved an environmental review Monday for the crossfield taxiway project at LAX, clearing the way for the first major step in its modernization program.

The airport plans to spend about $150 million on a large new taxiway that can more easily accommodate the Airbus A380, which began service in October.

The taxiway is also a necessary step toward building a major expansion and modernization of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Los Angeles airport officials are seeking federal stimulus funding for the entire cost of the project, said Gina-Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports.

Construction is expected to begin within a few months, and will involve demolishing several buildings and constructing a new fire rescue station at Los Angeles International.

The environmental report was approved unanimously, and without controversy.
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excellent, i was hoping this project would get stimulus money.
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Magazine Honors LAX Ocean-Inspired Design

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February 17, 2009

The ocean-inspired concept for remodeling the international terminal at LAX was named one of the state's 10 most promising architectural projects by California Home and Design magazine, it was announced today.

Fentress Architects came up with the idea of designing rooftops resembling crashing waves and other elements inspired by the nearby Pacific. The arches of Los Angeles International Airport's iconic theme building also are incorporated into the overall design.

"This distinction proclaims that we are on the right track in terms of modernizing LAX, dramatically enhancing the passenger experience and reestablishing the airport as a modern U.S. gateway in a competitive global market," said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports.

The project is expected to cost $2 billion to $3 billion. Fentress Architects won a $41.5 million, three-year contract to design the west side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and a midfield concourse.

The Bradley West project will take about seven years to complete.

The firm also designed Denver International Airport, where the roof is adorned with white fiberglass peaks to represent the Rocky Mountains.
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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,5124260.story

Cross-field taxiway OKd for LAX


By Dan Weikel
March 24, 2009

Los Angeles airport officials Monday approved construction of a key modernization project at LAX.

The Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously awarded an $82-million contract to R&L Brosamer Inc. to build a cross-field taxiway for Los Angeles International Airport that would make it easier for aircraft to move between the north and south runway complexes.

The cross-field taxiway, which is scheduled to begin construction in May, is one of several projects in the first phase of the long-awaited LAX modernization plan. The others include reconstructing the airport's central utility plant and substantial improvements to the Bradley terminal, such as additional gates, new concourses and a great central hall filled with restaurants and concessions.

Airport officials estimate the cost of the first round of projects as at least $3.3 billion.
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Terminals to Receive Makeovers

By Art Marroquin, Staff Writer
April 21, 2009

Expect some much-needed repairs and improvements to three terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, a task that airport director Gina Marie Lindsey has likened to putting "lipstick on a pig."

While a complete overhaul of Terminals 1, 3 and 6 would be preferred, there are a series of inexpensive, quick-fix solutions that can improve the look of the outdated buildings within a year, according to Ellen Wright, an architect for Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that operates LAX.

"We've got paint, we've got carpet and like a home, we need to de-clutter," Wright told the airport commission Tuesday.

Terminal 1 has seen no real improvements since it was built to handle an influx of travelers during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Terminals 3 and 6, built in 1961, have also deteriorated since they were last renovated during the mid-1980s.

The cosmetic touch-ups, preliminarily estimated to cost $4 million to $5 million per terminal, call for fresh coats of paint, laying new carpet, hanging new signs, installing new lights and creating new lobby space. Airport officials also plan to move luggage carts and other passenger amenities that obstruct passenger walkways through the terminals.

"The needs are more extensive than just putting lipstick on a pig," Lindsey said. "The needs are for renovations of the bones, kind of like what we are doing now with the existing Tom Bradley International Terminal, but that would take a long time and would be more expensive than what we can afford to do right now."
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LAX Project Gets Additional $51M

By Art Marroquin, Staff Writer
April 21, 2009

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on Tuesday awarded an additional $51.2 million to Denver-based Fentress Architects to provide more designs for the ongoing modernization of Los Angeles International Airport.

The revised contract, set to expire in May 2015, calls on Fentress to draw up plans for the federal inspection and shopping areas within the expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal. Earlier this year, Fentress unveiled schematics for a new exterior of the Bradley terminal and six new aircraft gates capable of handling super-jumbo jets.

The new facility, dubbed "Bradley West," is expected to be completed by 2014 at a cost of $1.5 billion.

"This takes us all the way to the end of the project, to the ribbon cutting," said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that operates LAX.

The project comes as LAX continues to struggle with dwindling passenger volumes, but airport officials said they intend to press ahead.

In the meantime, the International Air Transport Association has expressed concerns about the project's costs and has asked airport officials to openly discuss a variety of funding options.

"Basically, the airlines want a seat at the table and want to provide important feedback about the plans before it's too late," said Steve Lott, a spokesman for IATA, which represents 230 domestic and international airline carriers.

"We've seen expansion projects at other airports where we were not brought in early and we are stuck with the bill for something that doesn't work," Lott said. "We don't want that to happen in L.A."

LAX officials said they hope to sell enough bonds to complete construction of the Bradley West project, along with a new crossfield taxiway and several new elevators and escalators, but additional funds will be needed to complete a series of infrastructure improvements to the airport's other terminals.

To fill the financial gap, LAX officials have signaled their support for a proposed increase of passenger facility fees, which allows the nation's airports to collect up to $4.50 for every airline passenger.

"We cannot complete those other projects without an increase in the user fees," Lindsey said.

Lott warned that hiking passenger facility charges would also increase costs for airlines landing at LAX.

"We shouldn't jump on one option," Lott said. "LAX should look outside the box for funding options before jumping on that."

The four-year contract extension with Fentress comes just one year after the airport commission signed off on a $41.5 million, three-year deal with the firm. Under the deal, Fentress will also design a new central utility plant that will provide an improved heating and cooling system for the airport.

In a related move, the airport commission approved a $10.9 million contract with the Phoenix-based joint venture of Austin Commercial and Walsh to provide pre-construction services for the Bradley West project.

Additionally, the airport commission put out a call for bids for a construction manager to oversee efforts to renovate the federal inspection areas, restrooms, airline lounges and concession areas in the Bradley terminal.

Separately, the airport commission awarded a $5.8 million contract to Santa Fe Springs-based Griffith Co. to build a new aircraft ramp, airfield security fences and emergency exits at the American Airlines maintenance hangar.
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Regarding the rail connection...

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The express train that they are considering has no stops between Union Station and LAX. They were quite clear on that. Also it wouldn't connect to the airport circulator train. They were working with LAX to get two stops inside the airport for that option.
That would be amazing if we could have the LAX Express take you directly into the central terminal area!
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that would be perfect. with no stops from Union station, i cant imagine it taking longer than 20 minutes.
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^ Assuming it would be nonstop and mostly grade-separated, I'd say it's more like 10-15 minutes.
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That would be amazing if we could have the LAX Express take you directly into the central terminal area!
Wow, I'm impressed. By providing a direct and uninterrupted trip to the heart of the city and it's rail system, Metro would be providing a service that's rare to find anywhere else (no city that I've ever travelled to has this). It would be Metro's biggest bragging point!

Not only would this eliminate one of the biggest issues that travelers have with LAX and Los Angeles, it would make Angeleno's lives much easier. Traffic around the airport would decrease and there wouldn't be anymore "waking up at 4:00 am to avoid hitting morning traffic just to be sure I make it to LAX on time."

LAX Express would give me a major chub.
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plenty of cities do have a nonstop or limited stop airport express train. just not in north america. but that's to be expected.

the only way an lax express would be successful is if we upgraded regional transit connectivity with metrolink to make union station a more relevant hub for the metro area (see metra or LIRR), as opposed to being just another local metro stop that it is, or we include a westside stop along the way (as in tokyo's n'ex with stops on both ends of yamanote, or heathrow connect with central and west london) - which is unlikely if we use harbor sub. as it is now, i question the value of direct service to union station. okay, yay we're at union station....now what?

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I think Shanghai has a high speed rail link connecting downtown and the airport in 7 minutes.
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^ Are you talking about the Transrapid?

Regarding this LAX Express; is it gonna use the Harbor Subdivision ROW?
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I think Shanghai has a high speed rail link connecting downtown and the airport in 7 minutes.
I assume you are talking about the Maglev train there. It doesn't quite make it to "downtown" Shanghai- aka Pudong or the Bund. But it's really cool and much better than a taxi all the way from the airport.

Back on topic, here is a thread with some additional info on the TBIT expansion-

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo....main/4349827/

The info is very detailed starting around post #34.
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THAT IS SOOO COOL!!!!!!
LAX has beautiful architecture.
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THAT IS SOOO COOL!!!!!!
LAX has beautiful architecture.
LAX MIGHT HAVE beautiful architecture.
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^ LAX will have beautiful architecture.

Anyways, I hope the sky bridge is built. It would replace the Theme Building as the defining symbol of LAX.
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LAX Opens Bidding for New Shops

By Art Marroquin, Staff Writer
May 4, 2009

The Board of Airport Commissioners on Monday put out a call for bids for companies wanting to operate shops and eateries in Terminals 4, 5, 7 and 8 at Los Angeles International Airport.

Officials offered five options that will allow concessionaires to bid for 22 stores and 20 restaurants covering nearly 71,000 square feet. The airport commission is expected to select the winning bids on Sept. 16, with the contracts set to last for 10 years.

"We have sized the packages to create opportunities for large and small companies," said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that operates LAX.

Airport officials have said they hope to spotlight the region's culture and diversity by attracting more local stores and eateries to do business at LAX.

Companies that open shop at the airport will be required to invest at least $650 per square foot to refurbish their units, along with rental payments of 12 to 21 percent of their gross annual income.

LAX currently has 16 concession contracts with companies that provide more than 130 shops, restaurants and duty-free stores throughout the airport, generating more than $83 million in revenue during the last fiscal year.

LAX has significantly less capacity for stores and restaurants than most major airports across the country, offering only 5.1 square feet of concession space for every 1,000 people passing through the airport with an average spending of $7.85 per passenger, according to a report released last fall.

Concession contracts for Terminals 1, 3 and 6 are expected to be developed this year, while plans for Terminal 2 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal will be released in 2010.
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how sure is the funding for you to say that? just curious
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