Bill Boyarsky's article (Feb. 8) was a perceptive analysis of the turf wars between the Southern California Rapid Transit District, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation.
What he has missed, apparently, is the ungodly mess these turf wars are creating at Los Angeles International Airport, because there is no one authority to take charge and do the obvious. The Department of Airports has done a magnificent job of double-decking the interior auto access on its own airport area. This City of Los Angeles department, however, has no authority to improve access to LAX beyond the boundary of its airfield.
Worse, the Department of Airports receives 17% of its total revenues from parking lot fees, so it has absolutely no incentive to reduce the number of automobiles coming to the airport. It is paranoid about public transportation (bus or subway) because it pays no franchise fee such as the taxis, rent-a-car and hotel buses, limos and other private vehicles do. They go directly to the terminals to pick up and deposit passengers. The RTD buses may approach no closer than Parking Lot C; passengers must take their baggage and transfer to a "free" LAX shuttle bus.