Theme park fans might find it easier to get through America's second-busiest airport in a few years, thanks to a big improvement project that took an important step forward today.
The Los Angeles City Council today approved the biggest contract in city history, clearing the way to start construction on a new Automated People Mover system at Los Angeles International Airport. Slated for a 2023 debut, the Automated People Mover will connect LAX's passenger terminals with a new ground transportation facility as well as a new station on the LA area's Metro light rail.
"The new Automated People Mover will transform the LAX experience for travelers by removing the frustration of the tangled traffic inside the horseshoe," said Councilman Joe Buscaino, Chair of the LA City Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee, said in a statement. "Coupled with the new consolidated rent-a-car facility and the LAX/Crenshaw line, in a few short years going to LAX will become stressless for generations to come."
Bombardier Transportation will provide the trains and operating system for the People Mover. The same firm has provided systems for multiple airports around the world, including Dubai and London's Heathrow. The LAX People Mover will have a maximum theoretical capacity of 10,000 riders per hour. The $4.9 billion contract includes construction and 30 years of operation for the system.
The track will run down the middle of the "horseshoe" formed by the passenger terminals at LAX, connected to each by a series of new covered walkways. Passengers will access the People Mover's loading areas via moving walkways, escalators, and elevators. On the other side of the People Mover's loop will be stops for LAX's new consolidated rental car facility, a Metro light rail station on the new LAX/Crenshaw line, and connections with passenger drop-off/pick-up locations and other parking and bus lines. Here's the map of the project:
LAX has been undergoing substantial renovations over the past few years, including an all-new Tom Bradley International Terminal, a facelift for the horseshoe road connecting the nine passenger terminals, as well as new construction in most of the terminals, including vastly improved dining options. The upgrades landed LAX on the Top 10 list for the world's most-improved airports at last year's Skytrax World Airport Awards.
With the People Mover and the new LAX/Crenshaw line, visitors flying to LAX will be able to take the train (okay, a bunch of trains) from the airport to Universal Studios Hollywood, which is on the Metro Red Line. You'll have to make connections at Crenshaw to the eastbound Expo line, then at 7th/Metro to the northbound Red Line to Universal City. It might take a while, but you could do it! And hey, anything beats driving on the 405 and the 101, right?Tweet
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