LAX people mover will connect the airport to the Metro network by 2023

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USA: Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has approved LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINX) as the recommended developer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the automated people mover at LAX.

The $4.5 billion contract includes milestone payment sfor the design and construction phases, as well as authorizes future payments for operating and maintaining the APM for the contract period. 

Board of Airport Commissioners has approved an Early Works Agreement with LINXS, valued at up to $42M, which will allow pre-construction activities such as hiring, soil testing, engineering, and furthering design of the APM.

The design and build works will include a 2.25-mile, above ground airport transport system connecting the LAX central terminal area to the to-be-constructed consolidated rental car facility as well as six stations and a vehicle maintenance facility.

"The APM will relieve congestion and reduce emissions in and around LAX, and make traveling through our airport easier and more convenient,” said Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin. β€œIt is a critical piece of our strategy to finally connect Metro rail to LAX, and will help transform this into a world-class airport.”

The APM is the centre piece of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which also includes a Consolidated Rent-a-Car (ConRAC) facility, Intermodal Transportation Facility-West, and associated roadway improvements. The APM will reduce vehicle congestion in the terminal loop, provide a connection with L.A. Metro's regional transportation system, create new and convenient locations for passenger pick-up and drop-off outside of the terminal loop, reduce emissions, and provide reliable access to the terminals. 

The people mover project is schedule to be completed in 2023. 

As part of their proposal, LINXS committed to delivering an environmentally friendly project. Landscape will be drought tolerant using California native plants. LINXS has committed to partner with LAWA in developing opportunities for local small businesses, creation of good-paying career jobs and fostering economic growth.