Opponents of a lawsuit filed by The Parking Spot are planning to protest Tuesday and demand the company end its legal action aimed at stopping Los Angeles International Airport’s $5.5 billion plan to reduce traffic and air pollution.
The Parking Spot filed the lawsuit last month and claimed the airport’s Landside Access Modernization Program, or LAMP, is in violation of the California Environmental Air Quality Act by failing to properly study how it could impact air quality, traffic and other issues.
The Parking Spot, which is operated by TPS Parking Century and TPS Parking Management, own two parking ramps near LAX with regular shuttle service into the terminal area.
LAMP will include an automated people mover from LAX to an offside central rental car facility that will eliminate the need for shuttle buses to travel in and out of the airport and potentially cut down on 3,200 auto trips per day.
“The Parking Spot stands alone in attempting to stop this project,” said Ron Miller, executive secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council. “Their frivolous lawsuit will take away thousands of much-needed construction jobs and hurt the communities that surround the airport.”
Organizers said the protesters would include a coalition of business leaders, environmentalists, and labor unions.
Benjamin Reznik, an attorney representing The Parking Spot, said the company is not opposed to LAMP but has concerns over the project’s traffic study which assumed no shuttles — not just car rental shuttles — would be allowed into the terminals.
“If you can’t get access into the terminal, then that means if you park your car at The Parking Spot, you get on a shuttle, you go a few blocks to the people mover, you get off with your luggage, you get on the people mover, go into the terminal and you get off again,” Reznik told City News Service. “So it’s two stops, its longer, and a total inconvenience.”
Reznik also said the traffic study was done before ride sharing companies like Uber were allowed into the terminal area and that a new study was needed to look at alternative ways to reducing congestion.
—City News Service