Los Angeles World Airports Announces Outreach Meetings on Modernisation of LAX

Los Angeles World Airports has said that two outreach meetings will be held on 15 March and 18 March 2006, for the public to participate in the LAX Master Plan Specific Plan Amendment Study.

The airport company said that the meetings begin a community-based planning process for the modernisation of Los Angeles International Airport. Two meetings are reportedly scheduled for the public's convenience, but will cover the same topics, so attendance is not necessary at both meetings. The meetings will reportedly describe the accelerated residential soundproofing, aircraft gate reductions, traffic studies, and other benefits created by the new LAX Master Plan Stipulated Settlement, and summarise the scope and schedule for the LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study.

These meetings are the first steps toward implementing the recent settlement of lawsuits filed against the LAX Master Plan. The LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study was one of the conditions of the settlement, that called for the creation of a prompt, community-based planning process to revisit and potentially replace controversial "yellow light" projects, such as the Manchester Square Ground Transportation Center, with alternative projects that increase airport efficiency and mitigate traffic, noise and pollution.

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