Airport receives federal funds to improve access

Wave Staff and Wire Reports

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles International Airport will receive multimillion-dollar grants as part of a $1 billion program funding 85 airports across the country to improve terminals through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, it was announced July 7.

The grants will be used to expand airport terminals, increase energy efficiency, promote competition and provide greater accessibility for individuals with disabilities, according to the White House.

“These funds are going to help reconstruct some 40,000 feet of terminal roadway, reconfigure the central terminal entrance so it’s easier to park, get a rental car, pick somebody up or generally get into or out of the airport as easily as possible,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during a news conference at LAX announcing the funding. “This is part of a broader vision for how to make it easier to get around, including coming and going from the airport.”

According to the White House, LAX will receive $50 million for reconstruction and modernization of the terminal roadway system, including reconfiguration of the LAX central terminal area entrance.

“The work that goes in to build safer, more accessible and sustainable terminals will provide opportunities for people across the nation,” Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator A. Bradley Mims said in a statement. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a critical investment not only in our nation’s infrastructure, but an investment in the future of our country’s workforce.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti said investments in the airport “will create prosperity for our region for generations to come.”

“When complete, this project made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the leadership of Secretary Buttigieg will help transform LAX into a more accessible, visitor-friendly destination — and join a long list of projects that are turning LAX into one of the premier airports in the world,” the mayor said in a statement.

“LAX is our gateway to the world, and every dollar we invest today to help realize its full potential will create prosperity for our region for generations to come,” the mayor added.

Also on hand was U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, who represents the area surrounding the airport.

“I was very pleased when Los Angeles World Airports agreed to modernize LAX in order to improve safety and efficiency and enhance the passenger experience, and do so in a way that would not cause adverse impacts for the people who live nearby,” Waters said. “I congratulate [the airport] for consulting with its surrounding communities and for earning the support of a diverse group of local stakeholders, including the Neighborhood Council of Westchester Playa, which represents many of my constituents who live in close proximity to the airport.”