Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is in the process of developing a new master plan for the Ontario International Airport. This master plan will help guide the development of the airport through the year 2030.
A Regional Role For Ontario International Airport (ONT): ONT is well situated to serve the future aviation needs of the Inland Empire and the southern California region for both cargo and passengers. Demand for air transportation will be created by the Inland Empire's rapid population growth as well as its growth as a manufacturing and distribution center. Furthermore, with limited potential for future expansion of LAX and other regional airports beyond their current capacities, ONT can be expected to play a vital role in fulfilling the future aviation needs of the Southern California region. The master plan study will determine how much of that growth ONT can accommodate while still minimizing the impacts to the local community.
The Master Plan Study: The master plan study will include
- Survey and inventories to determine existing conditions
- Forecasts of passenger, cargo and aircraft operations demand through 2030
- Forecasts of acreage and specific facility size requirements
- Development of alternative land use plans
- Development of alternative conceptual facility layouts
- Computer modeling of airfield and transportation systems alternatives
- Environmental impact analysis and mitigation planning
Ground Access: The study will pay special attention to ensuring that the ground transportation system can handle the anticipated growth in passengers and cargo. A thorough analysis of existing transportation issues and concerns is being conducted and traffic analysis will be done for each alternative plan to identify ground access issues and to develop projects that will mitigate the impacts of growth. The study will also determine how best to interface with the high speed rail and Maglev projects that have been proposed as well as the existing Metrolink and bus systems to provide public transit access to the airport.
Schedule: The technical work on the project is in progress. It is expected that the proposed plan and draft environmental documents will be completed and available for public review in the summer of 2005. Once the plan is adopted, construction of new facilities will be phased and keyed to growth in demand.
Community Involvement: LAWA is working closely with the City of Ontario to ensure that local concerns are addressed during the development of the plan. Our initial public outreach efforts helped to develop the goals and objectives for the plan. Public review and comment on the proposed plan, prior to beginning the environmental analysis, will help direct the study efforts to areas of community concern.
Further Information:: As the study progresses, information will be posted on this website.