LAX Automated People Mover
LAX Automated People Mover vehicle in 2022
StatusUnder construction
OwnerLos Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
LocaleLos Angeles International Airport (LAX)
TypeAutomated people mover
Operator(s)LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS)
Rolling stockAlstom Innovia APM 300
Planned openingApril 2025; 1 year's time (2025-04)[1][2]
Line length2.25 mi (3.62 km)
Number of tracks2
CharacterFully elevated
Operating speed
  • 13.5 mph (21.7 km/h) (avg.)
  • 47 mph (75 km/h) (top)
Route map
West CTA
(Terminals 3, 4, B)
Center CTA
(Terminals 1, 2, 5, 6)
East CTA
(Terminals 7, 8)
Terminal 9
LAX City Bus Center
West ITF
Maintenance and Storage Facility
C Line K Line 
East ITF

Handicapped/disabled access All stations are accessible

The LAX Automated People Mover is an under construction automated people mover (APM) system around the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) area. The system will be owned by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and operated by LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS). The system will run for 2.25 miles (3.62 km) and have six stations that connect the LAX Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ConRAC), the Los Angeles Metro Rail system, and the LAX West Intermodal Transportation Facility (West ITF) with the airport's central terminal area (CTA).

Service description

LAX Automated People Mover guideway and LAX/Metro Transit Center station under construction in January 2024

Route description

The LAX Automated People Mover (APM) will run 2.25 miles (3.62 km) along a line of six stations.[3]

The APM will serve three stations in the central terminal area (CTA) each with footbridges with moving walkways to nearby terminals. The west station will serve terminals 3, 4, and B (the Tom Bradley International Terminal), the center station will serve terminals 1, 2, 5 and 6, and the east station will serve terminals 7 and 8 with a future connection to terminals 0 and 1 planned. Continuing to the east, the line will travel over Sepulveda Boulevard and skirt along the airfield where provisions have been made for a station to be added if a terminal 9 is built in the future.

At that point, the line turns to the north, crossing Century Boulevard to reach the LAX West Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF), a large parking structure with a kiss and ride area and access to the LAX City Bus Center and nearby hotels.

From there, the route continues east along 96th Street, passing the line's maintenance yard and crossing over the Metro Rail tracks before arriving at the East ITF station which will offer access to the LAX/Metro Transit Center station when it opens, along with parking.

Trains then travel a short distance to the east and enter the LAX Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ConRAC), a massive parking structure that will house all of the major rental car companies that operate at LAX.[4]

Hours and frequency

The APM is expected to operate 24 hours a day. During peak hours (9 a.m. to 11 p.m.) trains will arrive every two minutes. The line will have a ten-minute end-to-end travel time.[5]

Rolling stock

Interior of LAX Automated People Mover vehicle

The system's fleet will consist of 44 Innovia APM 300 vehicles built by Alstom (initially Bombardier Transportation). Each vehicle can accommodate up to 50 passengers and their luggage, with 12 seated and the rest standing.[6][7] During peak periods, vehicles will operate in four-car trains, with nine trains on the line. Trains will operate with a top speed of 47 miles per hour (75 km/h) and an average speed (including stops) of 13.5 miles per hour (21.7 km/h).


Each 4-car train carries up to 200 passengers. During peak hours, up to 30 trains per hour enter LAX through CTA West, or up to 6,000 passengers per hour. With 14 peak hours per day, up to 84,000 passengers could enter daily during peak hours. If off-peak trains also carry up to 200 passengers and run 16 trains per hour instead of 30, up to 3,200 off-peak passengers per hour could enter. With 10 off-peak hours per day that is up to 32,000 daily off-peak passengers. Combining peak and off-peak passengers gives up to 116,000 daily entering passengers, or 42.34 million entering passengers per year. Assuming that the number of exiting passengers through the CTA West station is about the same, there is a capacity to move 85 million passengers per year.[8]

Station listing

The following is the complete list of stations, from west to east.

Station Name Connections and notes[9]
A West CTA Terminals: 3, 4, 5, B, Parking Garages: P3, P4
B Center CTA Terminals: 1, 2, 5, 6, Parking Garages: P2a, P2b, P5, P6
C East CTA Terminals: 7, 8, Parking Garages: P1, P7, Theme Building, Bob Hope USO, Future connection to Terminals 0 & 1[10]
D Terminal 9 Future infill station
E West ITF Economy parking, LAX City Bus Center, hotel shuttles, access to Airport Blvd
F East ITF Parking Lot: E, access to Aviation Blvd, LAX/Metro Transit Center C Line K Line  (2025)
G CONRAC Consolidated rental car center

Traffic reduction

The ConRAC facility is projected to eliminate over 3,200 daily car-rental shuttle trips.[11] The East and West ITFs are projected to reduce parking and hotel shuttle trips and car trips into the CTA. The LAX/Metro Transit Center is projected to displace car trips by increasing transit ridership.

Upcoming Airfield & Terminal Modernization Project (ATMP)

The upcoming Airfield & Terminal Modernization Project (ATMP), scheduled for 2028, includes roadway improvements in the vicinity of the West ITF, with an elevated roadway system to separate airport traffic from local traffic.[12][13] Upon completion of these planned improvements, access from the north on Sepulveda Boulevard will be convenient to West ITF; access from Interstate 405 will be convenient to East ITF; and access from the south on Interstate 105 and the Sepulveda tunnel will be convenient to the planned APM station at Terminal 9.


The six APM stations each feature a line of 20-foot diameter circular skylights, with an additional one in the mezzanine of the LAX/Metro Transit Center. The pedestrian walkways employ a Vierendeel truss, featuring rectangular rather than triangular bracing.[14] The APM concrete guideway features "gentle sweeping curves and clean uniform look".[15][16]



In November 1983, a second-level was added to World Way to address congestion

The Los Angeles International Airport has long struggled with gridlocked traffic on World Way, the main road that circles through the airport's central terminal area, that can often back up onto Century Boulevard or the Airport Tunnel, which connects the airport to Interstate 405 and Interstate 105 respectively.[7]

Ahead of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, a second level was added to World Way, sending vehicles dropping off departing passengers to the upper level and those picking up arriving passengers to the lower.[17] The relief was short-lived, and by the 2000s, the airport had ranked as one of the nation's most congested and hardest to navigate.[7] That led airport managers to spend over US$15 billion to modernize the airport, with an automated people mover (APM) being one of the major improvements. The project was given added urgency in 2017 when Los Angeles was awarded its bid to host the 2028 Summer Olympics.


LAX Automated People Mover Maintenance and Storage Facility

After receiving three bids, Los Angeles World Airports announced it had chosen LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the APM for a period of 25 years.[18][19] LINXS is a joint venture, public–private partnership of ACS, Alstom, Balfour Beatty, Fluor and Hochtief, with assistance from HDR and Flatiron West.[20] The Los Angeles City Council approved the US$4.9 billion project on April 11, 2018.[19]

Beyond the construction of the APM guideway and stations, LAX has also planned several projects that will enable or connect to the APM. New vertical cores will be built near each terminal, enabling vertical movement of passengers with elevators and escalators, as well as pedestrian bridges over World Way with moving walkways to connect terminals to the APM stations and to existing airport parking structures. LAX is building cores between terminals 5 and 6, at terminals 7 and at terminal B (the Tom Bradley International Terminal) at the cost of $490 million. New cores were also included in larger renovation projects at terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.[21]

The APM will also connect to the LAX West Intermodal Transportation Facility (West ITF), a US$294.1 million, 4,300 space parking structure with a lot to pick up and drop off passengers and areas for shuttle buses, the new LAX Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ConRAC), a massive parking structure that will house all of the major rental car companies that operate at LAX in one location located adjacent to Interstate 405, and to the LAX/Metro Transit Center station (East ITF), connecting passengers to the Los Angeles Metro Rail C and K Lines and other transit services.[22]

Altogether, these projects are called the Landside Access Modernization Program and are expected to cost a total of US$5.5 billion.[23]


In 2018, 2,100 parking spaces in lot C were removed to reconfigure the area for the West ITF.[23] Utility relocation started in the second quarter of 2018.[5] Construction on the West ITF officially began in the summer of 2019[24] and CONRAC broke ground in September 2019.[25] The first large concrete pour for the APM occurred in September 2020 at the West ITF station.[26]

Construction on the 2.25 miles (3.62 km) of two-track elevated guideway began in the spring of 2019 with the first underground support columns being placed. The first concrete for the columns was poured in January 2020. The pouring of the concrete for the guideway began in September 2020 and it was completed in May 2022. A total of 69,700 cubic yards (53,300 m3) of concrete was poured and one million work hours were completed to complete this project.[27][28][5]

LAX/Metro Transit Center station construction in September 2023

Connecting Los Angeles's Metro Rail system to the airport, which was studied by transit planners since the 1980s,[29] started when Metro commenced construction on the LAX/Metro Transit Center station on June 21, 2021. It is a new station that will connect Metro and other transit services to the East ITF station. The new station will link the LAX Automated People Mover to the C and K rail lines, Metro Bus, and other municipal bus operators, including Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. Additionally, a customer service center and Metro Bike Hub will be constructed.[22]

After two years of construction, West ITF's economy parking structure opened on October 19, 2021. Until the APM opens, temporary shuttle buses transport passengers between the airport and the facility.[30]

As of December 2023, station construction progress is 93% complete and guideway construction/installation finishes are 94% complete.[31]



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