Ground Transportation Center Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
Document Title
Ground Transportation Center Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
GTC is being proposed on only about 2 acres of lot 3 to provide a remote curbside to accommodate ground transportation provider vehicles. TNCs, shuttles, taxis, and limousines, which would remove these vehicles from the existing curbside, reducing congestion at Terminal 2 and Terminal 4, improving level of service, and increasing predictability for private vehicles as well as ground transportation providers. The proposed project would reduce idling time of vehicles waiting to access or exit the curbside, reduce vehicle weaving and congestion at the terminal curbside, consolidate ground transportation provider operations at a central location on Airport property, and reduce the number of shuttle trips circulating through the terminal curbside. The consolidation and improved efficiencies of the proposed project would not result in a substantial increase in Airport capacity. The proposed project would result in improved public safety and pedestrian and personal mobility for Airport users and would result in reduced environmental impacts versus current operations, including as to air quality emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, and vehicle miles traveled. OIM proposes to construct and operate a two-level, remote curbside at existing Lot 3 dedicated to ground transportation providers (see Exhibit 1). The GTC would provide one at-grade curbside; at- and above-grade pedestrian access between the GTC and the south side of East Terminal Way; and reconfigured entrance and egress points from the GTC to East Terminal Way and East Airport Drive. The upper level of the GTC would include a pedestrian access plaza area, which would include landscaping and seating areas to enhance utility of the space. Ancillary improvements would include installation of facility lighting, electrical and drainage infrastructure, and improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Construction would require demolition of a portion of the existing paved surface and landscaping within Lot 3, grading, and select excavation of up to 10 feet for installation of structural foundations and infrastructure. Although no known archeological resources or hazardous materials are located within or near the proposed project area based on surveys and studies for the Airport generally, the required excavation may be deeper than the previously disturbed depth. As an element of the proposed project, a field survey would therefore be conducted to confirm the presence or lack of archaeological resources within the area of disturbance and a tribal resource monitor from or approved by the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians - Kizh Nation, would be present during all ground-disturbing activities. Additionally, excavated soil would be tested for the presence or lack of hazardous materials and potential for use as backfill. The proposed GTC project area is within the 0.2% Annual Chance Flood Hazard Area, which is categorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a Moderate to Low Risk Area; the proposed improvements would not result in changes to the existing floodplain.2.3 Parking displaced to construct the GTC would be replaced at existing, adjacent surface lots and parking facilities currently under redevelopment and improvement at Lot 6. Roadway access would be refined during advanced design to maintain safe and efficient vehicular access to adjacent surface parking areas and the local surface transportation network.

Contact Information

Kevin Keith
Agency Name
Ontario International Airport Authority
Job Title
Director of Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant

Nicole Walker
Agency Name
Ontario International Airport Authority
Job Title
Environmental Compliance Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


San Bernardino
Cross Streets
Existing Lot 3, north and adjacent to East Terminal Way
Total Acres
14.5 acres
Ontario International Airport

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15302, and 15332
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1 pertains to the proposed project as the work would comprise alterations to existing Airport roadways, curbsides, and parking facilities for purposes of improved operational efficiency and public safety (including as to enhanced pedestrian and personal mobility for Airport users) that involve negligible expansion of an existing use. The proposed project would be completed on existing Airport property, within areas currently utilizing and accommodating the proposed functions (i.e., curbside activity, vehicle staging, facilitation of vehicle movement). The project is consistent with existing and allowable ONT land uses, as well as with the ONT Zoning District and the City of Ontario Zoning Map. The proposed remote curbside would not increase the number of passengers or aircraft operations at the Airport. Rather, the proposed improvements would enhance efficiency and safety of Airport facilities for existing uses. Class 2 pertains to the proposed project as the GTC, and associated improvements, would constitute the reconfiguration of existing uses within their existing location on a portion of Lot 3. Vehicle parking and staging, airport curbside activity, and terminal access roadway uses are situated north of the ONT terminals, between East Terminal Way and East Airport Drive. Curbside activities currently occur on two lengths of curbside adjacent to Terminal 2 and Terminal 4, which are accessible by East Terminal Way via East Airport Drive. The proposed GTC would be located on a portion of Lot 3 within the same general roadway alignment and serve the same purpose as the existing curbside functions, reallocating existing activity over a longer length of roadway. Existing facilities would be reconfigured to maximize the usable curbside on East Terminal Way, reduce congestion, and enhance public safety, operational efficiency, and predictability of passenger curbside functions and vehicle movement at the Airport. Existing daily parking displaced as a part of the proposed project would be relocated to adjacent existing vehicle parking areas. Realignment of parking and terminal roadway access would not result in changes to existing roadway capacity at the Airport or on the surrounding roadway network. Class 32: The proposed GTC would be consistent with infill criteria identified above. Specifically, the proposed project would be consistent with existing and allowable ONT land uses, as well as with the ONT Zoning District and the City of Ontario General Plan. The proposed development would occur within the City of Ontario, entirely on Airport property. The proposed project area comprises developed and active Airport property, adjacent to Airport parking facilities, terminals, and surface roadways. The GTC would serve existing Airport curbside functions and would not result in an increase in Airport-related vehicle traffic, passenger demand, or aircraft operations. Given the nature of terminal curbside activity, the proposed project's demand on utilities and public services would be negligible and would be accommodated by existing services. The proposed GTC footprint would be between one and two acres, pending final design, on the paved and active Lot 3, which is approximately 14.5 acres in size. The proposed project site comprises existing, paved, active surface parking, which has no value as habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species. As a continuation of an existing use, construction and operation of the proposed project would not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality.
County Clerk
San Bernardino


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