AIRPORT BACKERS LAUNCH COALITION.Byline: DANA BARTHOLOMEW Staff Writer
VAN NUYS -- Travelers who spend hours tied up in traffic en route to LAX need better runways out of town.
The answer, some say, lies in a Palmdale airport Palmdale Airport may refer to:
A very large airport in Palmdale, California which has 2 facilities that share its runways:
On Friday, proponents launched a regional coalition to support a Palmdale Regional Airport.
``This is about developing a quality of life that is escaping us,'' said state Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, a leader of the Coalition to Explore the Development of a New Regional Airport in Palmdale.
``This group seeks consensus in investing in a transportation system in Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, that includes developing a Palmdale Airport.''
The bipartisan coalition, led by Alarcon and state Sen. George Runner George C. Runner, Jr. (born March 25 1952 in Scotia, New York) is a Republican California State Senator, who represents the 17th Senate District, which includes portions of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County and Ventura County. , R-Lancaster, will meet four times a year. In addition, four committees will meet monthly to study airport development options.
They say the key to winning support for a Palmdale airport is grass-roots input by residents, airport stakeholders and transit advocates.
And the linchpin linch·pin or lynch·pin
1. A locking pin inserted in the end of a shaft, as in an axle, to prevent a wheel from slipping off.
2. to airport success will be a high-speed corridor from Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. to Palmdale to lure passengers and cargo from LAX.
``What will make this airport flourish is a high-speed connection to Los Angeles and a high-speed link to Union Station,'' Palmdale Mayor James C. Ledford told the inaugural coalition meeting in Van Nuys of about 75 prospective members.
``We believe a Palmdale Airport is a great opportunity for this region.''
Regional planners say Los Angeles International Airport “LAX” redirects here. For other uses, see LAX (disambiguation).
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Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX , which handles most flights in and out of Southern California, will reach maximum capacity within a decade.
Without adequate airports, the region risks losing 130,000 jobs and $18 billion in economic opportunities, said Mark Pisano, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments.
``We really are the anchor of the U.S. to the global world,'' he said. ``If we can't provide the gateway of support of both the ports and the airports, the U.S. won't perform effectively in the global marketplace.''
The Palmdale Airport coalition will study the scope of an airport, possible funding sources and how to whisk passengers and cargo in and out of Los Angeles.
Ideas include improved Metrolink service, high-speed rail High-speed rail is a type of passenger rail transport that operates significantly faster than the normal speed of rail traffic. Specific definitions include 200-320 km/h (125-200 mph) - depending on whether the track is upgraded or new - by the European Union and above 90 mph , or a tunnel through the San Gabriel Mountains San Gabriel Mountains, S Calif., E and NE of Los Angeles, running c.50 mi (80 km) westward from Cajon Pass. San Antonio Peak (10,080 ft/3,072 m) is the highest of the range. Citrus fruits are raised on the southern foothills. .
At the very least, transit advocates said, Metrolink could cut 30 minutes for commuters between Palmdale and Los Angeles by straightening the tracks through twisty Soledad Canyon.
To make a Palmdale airport viable, proponents said it must have San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. support.
In the past, said Kymberleigh Richards of the Southern California Transit Advocates, ``People said, That's all well and good for the Antelope Valley, but how do we get there?
``There were coalitions about building an airport, but they left out the transportation component.''