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Local Leaders Mull Expansion Options for Lindbergh Field

San Diego regional leaders, including Mayor Jerry Sanders, meet tomorrow to chew over the options to expand San Diego’s International Airport at Lindbergh Field. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

So far, the Airport’s Master Plan includes expanding the existing terminals on Harbor Drive. But Airport Planning Director, Keith Wilschetz ,says, to make Lindbergh Field work in the long term, more dramatic changes are likely.

He offers three different concepts. One would simply expand the existing terminals on the south side, one would  move them all over to the north side next to Interstate Five and one is a hybrid plan.

Wilschetz: Maybe we’ll split the operations with some gates on the north, some gates on the south. I think what you’re going to find is there will be a major processing center in the north -  quite frankly we need to get as much traffic off Harbor Drive as we can . So I think you’re going to see that, I think the real question is what else is going to be up there. 

The ad hoc committee working on the plan this weekend will consider possible high speed rail  connections from  L.A., and other ways of getting millions of passengers to and from the airport without creating gridlock downtown.

Alison St John KPBS news.


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