SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

Los Angeles World Airports

October 05, 2009 20:06 ET

Los Angeles Airport to Expand FlyAway® Bus System to Irvine; New Route to Increase Traveler Convenience, Ease Traffic Congestion

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2009) - The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners today approved a three-year license agreement with the City of Irvine permitting the FlyAway® bus service to operate nonstop from Irvine Station in Orange County to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The action moves the FlyAway® closer to starting daily service in time for the holiday travel season.

The agreement by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is part of its ground transportation initiative to expand its FlyAway® bus system to improve passenger convenience and reduce traffic congestion. The Irvine Station is the fourth site in the FlyAway® network. Its other locations at Van Nuys, Westwood and Union Station handled more than 1.5 million travelers combined for the 12 months ending June 2009. Airport ground transportation planners forecast Irvine could serve as many as 72,000 passengers during its first year of operation.

"We are pleased to reach an agreement with the City of Irvine to better serve our Orange County customers who travel through LAX, especially those travelling internationally," said LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey. "Our FlyAway® service is very popular with Los Angeles travelers. We believe Irvine has the potential to be a viable alternative for travelers who prefer to ride rather than drive to LAX."

Like Union Station, Irvine Station serves other modes of transportation, including Amtrak's Pacific Sunliner, Southern California Regional Rail Authority's Metrolink commuter rail, Orange County Transit Authority bus lines, and other local business employee shuttle services.

It is the busiest transit station in Orange County, and the 14th busiest Amtrak station nationwide with 669,405 boardings in 2008.

LAWA is proposing a $25 fare each way for the one-way, 50-mile trip between Irvine and LAX. The fare structure also could include permitting two children in grades eight and under to ride free with each paying adult. The Board of Airport Commissioners will determine the fare and frequency of service when it considers a LAWA staff recommendation Oct. 19 for a bus company to operate the service.

The City of Irvine unanimously approved the license agreement with LAWA on Sept. 8. LAWA will pay Irvine up to $6,800 for the cost of start-up improvements. The agreement also includes the use of nearly 500 surface parking spaces at the transit station, where FlyAway® passengers can park for free. The transit station is located at 15215 Barranca Parkway.

The expansion of FlyAway® bus service is a requirement of the LAX Master Plan Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP). The MMRP is designed to ensure compliance with the proposed mitigation measures identified in LAX Master Plan Alternative D and the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The FEIR has been approved by the City of Los Angeles and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Under the MMRP, nine FlyAway® service sites will operate by 2015 to reduce traffic going to and from LAX. Passengers will use dedicated, clean-fuel, high-occupancy buses to reach LAX from these locations and reduce ground traffic congestion and vehicle emissions around LAX and the region.

The FlyAway® service began in 1975 at Van Nuys, with service added at Union Station in 2006 and Westwood in 2007.

(Note to editors: LAX FlyAway® photos of Irvine buses available at www.lawamedia.org under LAX FlyAway® and Irvine Station.)

FlyAway® is a registered trademark of Los Angeles World Airports

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