LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold the first of three meetings tonight aimed at gathering public input on ways to connect the Metro transit system to Los Angeles International Airport.

The agency will be soliciting comments on proposals such as extending a rail line to the airport or using a people-mover system or Bus Rapid Transit ramps.

More than 20 years ago, airport commissioners blocked plans to bring the Green Line onto the airport itself over concerns about parking revenue and potential interference between electric train lines and airport radar. Since the Green Line was built, travelers have had to use shuttle buses for the 1.3-mile gap.

If a direct airport link is built, trains would be able to make direct trips from downtown Los Angeles to LAX using the Crenshaw Line, which is now under advanced planning, Metro officials said. Trains may also link LAX to Pasadena and Ontario if a downtown connection and Gold Line extension are built as planned.

Today’s meeting will be held at the Flight Path Learning Center, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy. Other meetings are scheduled for Thursday at Metro headquarters near Union Station and Aug. 30 at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Complex, 4117 Overland Ave. All three start at 7 p.m.

More information is available at www.metro.net/projects/lax-extension.