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City approves $4.8B LA airport improvement plan

Posted: April 30, 2013 4:34 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2013 4:34 p.m.

The L.A. City Council voted to approve a multibillion-dollar plan to expand and modernize LAX, despite intense opposition from community groups.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City Council members have approved a $4.8-billion package of renovations that would make major changes at Los Angeles International Airport, including the controversial move of a runway.

City News Service reports the plan approved Tuesday by a vote of 10-to-3 would move the northernmost runway about 260 feet closer to Westchester and Playa del Rey neighborhoods — despite residents' vocal protests.

Residents say they're skeptical of the airport's safety claims that the updated runway would better accommodate larger, modern planes.

The project would also create a transportation station to connect LAX to a light rail service, consolidate its rental car facility and install an elevated people mover.

The plan now goes to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Federal Aviation Administration officials for consideration.


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