Fresh renderings: transit station that will serve LAX and new people mover

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Nice presentation above on the Airport Metro Connector project, a new transit station that will be located at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street. The station will be where riders on the Crenshaw/LAX Line, Green Line and local buses will transfer to the future LAX people mover that will serve the airport terminals. The renderings show the design of the station to date with a lot of work still to be done.

The project is funded by Measure R and Measure M and will be built separate from the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Los Angeles World Airports — which operates LAX — is aiming to have the people mover complete by 2023. From the LAWA website about the people mover:

The Automated People Mover system will feature

  • A total of 6 stations connecting new rental car, airport parking and Metro facilities to the airline terminals
  • 3 stations in the Central Terminal Area providing fast and easy connections to the airline terminals with a convenient pedestrian walkway system
  • Short wait times at each station (2-3 minutes)
  • Free for airport users, 24 hours a day
  • The guideway will be approximately 2-1/4 miles long, 50 to 70 feet above ground with a width of 35-75 feet and columns every 100 feet (typical)
  • The APM system will simultaneously operate up to 9 trains with a 2- minute wait time
  • Each train could consist of 4-cars up to 175 feet long
  • Each car will hold approximately 50 passengers, with luggage
  • Pedestrian Access will be enhanced by moving walkways to the terminals and parking garages

And here’s a cool rendering from LAWA — the people mover will run up the center of the airport horseshoe and connect to terminals via aerial walkways:

9 replies

  1. Looks good, however, my only question would be growth. A little people mover would not cope with the numbers I suspect will be seen once connected. Use public transportation last year to LAX and even the shuttle bus from LAX/Aviation was leaving people behind then.

  2. Is the Crenshaw line station going to have 3 platforms (2 outboard and 1 center)? If so that will really help load those toting luggage.

    The stairs and escalators to the bus plaza need to be larger. The escalators need to have larger steps to handle rolloing bags.. Also, elevators need to be at least 10′ by 10′. Families with luggage take up a lot of space.

  3. To reduce congestion at LAX, I’ve always thought private cars should be banned from the horseshoe terminal area….only shuttle buses, rental car shuttles and hotel vans allowed for pick-up and drop-off. Private cars should drop airline passengers off at a remote location (as discussed in this article) and brought to terminals via a people mover or monorail. In fact, the parking structures within the horseshoe should be used by rental car companies for easy access….similar to other major airports in the U.S.

  4. The world way in front of LAX terminals always gridlocked. This project should start ASAP. Also, it seems that APM is far away from terminals, moving walkway is necessary

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