LAX Automated People Mover
LAX Automated People Mover.jpg
LAX Automated People Mover guideway and Intermodal Transportation Facility–West station under construction, October 2021
Overview
StatusUnder construction
OwnerLos Angeles World Airports
LocaleLos Angeles International Airport
Stations6
Websitelalinxs.com
Service
TypeAutomated guideway transit
Operator(s)LAX Integrated Express Solutions[1]
Rolling stockBombardier Innovia APM 300
History
Planned opening2023
Technical
Line length2.25 mi (3.62 km)
Number of tracks2
CharacterElevated
Operating speed47 mph (75 km/h)
Route map

Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility
Intermodal Transportation Facility–East
LAX/Metro Transit Center
LAMetroLogo.svg K Line 
Maintenance and Storage Facility
Intermodal Transportation Facility–West
Terminal 9
(future)
East CTA
(Terminals 7, 8)
Center CTA
(Terminals 1, 2, 5, 6)
West CTA
(Terminals 3, 4, B)

The LAX Automated People Mover is an automated people mover (APM) system currently under construction for Los Angeles International Airport. To be operated by Los Angeles World Airports, the LAX APM will be 2.25 miles (3.62 km) long and will have six stations that connect the Los Angeles Metro Rail, a consolidated car rental facility, and two intermodal transportation facilities with the airport terminals.[2]

Route

Once leaving the three terminal stations, heading east, the first station is a ground transportation parking structure called the "Intermodal Transportation Facility-West" that will serve employee parking, surrounding hotel access and long-term airport parking. The next station will be a second car/bus/bike transport facility called the "Intermodal Transport Facility-East" as well as LA Metro Rail's platform, the under-construction ground infill transit transfer station on the Metro K Line. At this multi-station stop, the first (floor) level will be ground transportation. The second level will be a bridge from the main hub to the light rail platform and APM platform. The third level will be the APM platform. The last stop on the APM will be a rental car hub station, called the Consolidated Rent-A-Car-Center (CONRAC).[3] All the car rental companies and rentals will be located there. The APM was designed to decrease the need for shuttle bus services and reduce traffic within the terminal's World Way.

Service

The APM will operate every two minutes, with a ten-minute end-to-end travel time.[4]

The system will have nine trains, each operating as four car sets with a capacity of up to 200 passengers.

History

Los Angeles had bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics in 2016 and was one of two city finalists. Due to decreasing demand to host the Olympics, the IOC awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics to the city of Paris, and Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Summer Olympics. The APM is due to be completed in 2023, in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics. Its original projected completion date was by 2024 before the Olympic award, and it was decided to retain the original deadline.[5][6] LAWA has split the project in three phases. The project has been approved and the construction and operating bidding process was commenced.[7] Three firms submitted bids and LAWA announced scoring for the project would be based on "technical merit, visual appeal, user experience and price".[8] The chosen design was created by a partnership between DLR Group, HNTB, and HDR, the final of which serving as lead designer for AMP fixed facilities.[9] LAWA proposed a public private partnership in which a private sector partner would be responsible for the construction and operation of the people mover.[10] Los Angeles City Council gave final approval on April 11, 2018, to "LAX Integrated Express Solutions". The joint bid that included manufacturer Bombardier Transportation at $4.895 billion over 30 years to build and operate.[1] The three phase project is estimated to cost $5.5 billion.[11][12]

Construction

Phase 1

Dallas-based building firm Austin Commercial was awarded a five-year contract to commence construction in the first quarter of 2018 on phase one of the APM project. The project consists of bridges to connect passengers between the three proposed APM stations inside World Way and the terminals. The bridges will also house restrooms, airport lounges, offices and other spaces. The project is expected to finish by 2021, followed by phases two and three that will consist of the people mover and off site buildings.[13] In January 2018, a consortium led by Hochtief and Bombardier Transportation was selected as the preferred developer to be awarded the $1.95 billion design/build/operate contract.[14]

Phase 2

In 2018, 2,100 parking spaces in lot C were removed to reconfigure the area for phase two, the parking structures.[12] Utility relocation started in the second quarter of 2018.[4] The guideway started construction in spring 2019.[4] It will take up to three years to complete. Groundbreaking was held in March 2019.[15] The "Intermodal Transportation Facility - West" began construction in summer of 2019.[16] The Consolidated Car Rental Facility "CONRAC" broke ground in September 2019.[17] The first large concrete pour for the project occurred in September 2020 at the ITF west station.[18]

References

  1. ^ a b Nelson, Laura J. (April 11, 2018). "City Council approves long-awaited people mover to LAX". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 12, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Cain, Josh (March 14, 2019). "Officials touted 2.25-mile LAX Automated People Mover at groundbreaking". Daily Breeze. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "LAX is bringing all rental car companies to one location near 405 with People Mover train to airport". Daily Breeze. September 12, 2019. Retrieved September 12, 2019 – via City News Service.
  4. ^ a b c Sharp, Steven (February 16, 2018). "Renderings Galore for the LAX Automated People Mover". Urbanize LA. Archived from the original on February 23, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Nelson, Laura J. (June 26, 2014). "Train station to connect Metro rail lines with LAX approved". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 16, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Weikel, Dan (December 18, 2012). "Light rail plan for Los Angeles International Airport advances". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  7. ^ "Three Firms Have Submitted Bids to Build a People Mover at LAX". KNBC. November 10, 2017. Archived from the original on March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018 – via City News Service.
  8. ^ "Connecting LAX". Laxishappening.com (Press release). Archived from the original on January 26, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "LAX Automated People Mover, California". Railway Technology. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  10. ^ "RFP for LAX People Mover". Airports International. July 17, 2017. Archived from the original on January 26, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "ConnectingLax". Los Angeles World Airports. Archived from the original on January 26, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Sharp, Steven (December 8, 2017). "LAX Takes First Step Toward Construction of $5.5-Billion Landside Access Modernization Project". Urbanize LA. Archived from the original on February 9, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "Dallas firm awarded $336 million contract for shuttle station build at LAX". Internationalairportreview.com. January 24, 2018. Archived from the original on January 26, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "'Preferred developer' named for Los Angeles airport rail project". Trains Magazine. January 29, 2018. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "Officials Break Ground On $5.5 Billion People Mover At LAX". CBS Los Angeles. March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "LAX Breaks Ground on Intermodal Transportation Facility - West, A Key Component of the Landside Access Modernization Program". Los Angeles World Airports (Press release). Archived from the original on July 21, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles World Airports Break Ground on Historic Consolidated Rental Car Facility". Los Angeles World Airports (Press release). September 12, 2019. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  18. ^ Sharp, Steven (September 15, 2020). "Construction Continues for LAX Automated People Mover". Urbanize LA. Retrieved September 16, 2020.