Transportation experts explore transit opportunities for Ontario International Airport

Southern California transportation policy leaders have announced they have discussed strategies for connecting commuters into and out of Ontario International Airport (ONT) as the airport continues its ascension along a growth corridor, the company said.

Ontario Mayor pro tem Alan Wapner and President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) said annual passenger volumes at ONT have nearly doubled in the two years since its return to local control. This year, the airport is on track to handle 5 million passengers; its long-term capacity is estimated at 30 million passengers per year.

The hearing included a review of a newly released technical study into improving connectivity between San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, including long-term options for improving access into and out of the airport. The study, by SCAG, evaluated the pros and cons of a variety of airport connectivity alternatives, including commuter rail, light rail, low- or zero-emission hybrid rail, bus rapid transit and express buses.

It did not endorse any one option over another, but encouraged transportation agencies in the two counties to determine which made the most sense. Among the options most frequently discussed are extending the Gold Line from its future last stop in Montclair and/or building a connector to the airport from Metrolink´s Rancho Cucamonga station.

Ontario International (ONT) Airport is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport with nonstop commercial jet service to 18 major airports in the US, Mexico and Taiwan, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There is an average of 64 daily departures offered by 8 air carriers. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com.