LAX expansion takes 1st step with approval by airport commissioners (MAP)

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A Southwest airplane taxies as a United Express takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

A plan to remodel and expand Los Angeles International Airport that has garnered opposition from nearby residents was approved Tuesday by the L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners, NBC LA reported.

The commission decided among nine alternative plans for expanding the aging airport, including one that involves moving a runway 260 feet to the north.

That would put the runway closer to the community of Westchester, where neighbors say the noise and pollution would be even more disturbing to them than it is now.

Although the proposal was approved, a number of hurdles remain, including approval from the planning commission, the L.A. City Council and mayor. To read the airport commission's full environmental impact report on the proposals, and see a map of how the runway move would work, click on this link.

Below is a map of some other proposals to update the airport, including bringing light rail to the facility.

View LAX commuter rail proposal in a larger map

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