In collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, Los Angeles Airport Police officers will ride the FlyAway buses on a random basis and patrol the FlyAway Berth 9 area on foot. Bomb detection canine teams will conduct periodic sweeps of the buses, Berth 9 area and luggage. The security operation will also include the Van Nuys bus service.
The new service is part of LAWA's ground transportation initiatives to expand its FlyAway bus system to improve passenger convenience, and to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions by encouraging high-occupancy vehicle ridership. The new Union Station location is part of a plan that will eventually add seven more locations around Southern California to the FlyAway system by 2015. LAWA also plans to add FlyAway service to its other commercial passenger facilities at Ontario International and Palmdale Regional Airports as demand warrants.
The new FlyAway service is offered through a three-year agreement with Metro. Metro will allow LAWA to use Union Station's Patsaouras Transit Plaza, provide parking for 500 vehicles at the Gateway Parking Garage, and allow the operation of an information and ticket sale kiosk on the plaza.
The FlyAway from Union Station builds upon LAWA's experience operating the popular FlyAway service from Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valey. The Van Nuys FlyAway bus has served over 18 million riders and saved 396 million vehicle miles traveled in the region since it began in 1975. LAWA ground transportation experts estimate 2,000-plus cars are removed from local streets and freeways everyday due to VNY FlyAway operations. A new state-of-the-art FlyAway terminal opened at Van Nuys Airport in December 2004. The park-and-ride facility has over 2,000 covered parking spaces in a five-level structure and another 500 spaces in a surface lot.
Also on March 15, fares for the popular Van Nuys FlyAway bus service will be adjusted to match fares on the Union Station service. The parking rate at the Van Nuys FlyAway will remain $4 per day with a 30-day maximum stay.
Further information on the two LAX FlyAway bus routes at Union Station/Patsaouras Transit Plaza and at Van Nuys Airport is available by calling 1-866-I FLY LAX (1-866-435-9529), or visiting www..lawa.org/lawaGT.cfm.
Expansion of the FlyAway bus service also is a requirement of the LAX Master Plan Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program and one of the conditions of the recent settlement of lawsuits filed against the LAX Master Plan.
SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports