LA Mayor Garcetti cleary supports ONT airport local control during Mobility 21 Summit

More than 1,000 transportation, business and elected leaders convened Friday at the Disneyland Hotel for the 13th annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit. The annual conference, which is the largest one-day transportation event in the state, focuses on bringing together leaders from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to address the challenges and opportunities facing Southern California’s transportation infrastructure. During his welcome remarks Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stressed the need to continue investing in regional transportation, highlighting the point by citing his support in bringing local control back to Ontario International Airport. The airport is currently under ownership of Los Angeles World Airports and Mayor Garcetti said negotiations toward an agreed-upon sale price is close to a deal. “We understand LAX is critical, but we’re also looking creatively to our friends in the Inland Empire and the eastern part of (Los Angeles) County to see what we can do to transfer Ontario to local ownership,” Garcetti said during the press conference.

During the Summit, conference attendees learned about concepts being proposed to overcome critical transportation issues, including: harnessing the power of new technology; alternative project delivery; mileage-based user fees; tolling and enhanced transit systems. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn moderated the panel on Mileage-Based User Fees, discussing the inefficiency of the Gas Tax to cover the state’s infrastructure costs and user fees as a method to improve transportation funding.

Mobility 21 presented awards to several transportation leaders for their efforts to keep the region moving:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Hon. Henry A. Waxman, Representative, U.S. House of Representatives
Public Sector Leader of the Year: Hon. Dianne Feinstein, Senator, U.S Senate
Public Sector Leader of the Year: Hon. Tom Daly, Assemblymember, California State Assembly
Private Sector Leader of the Year: Hon. Richard Katz, Principal, Richard Katz Consulting, Inc.
Outstanding Service Award: Marnie O’Brien Primmer, Director of Strategic Business Development, Transpo Group

CLICK HERE for more information on user fees. CLICK HERE to view an infographic depicting the “Realities of Traffic Congestion and our Transportation Infrastructure. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

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