Airport officials approve plan for people mover at LAX

The Board of Airport Commissioners that oversees Los Angeles World Airports — and LAX — today approved a plan to build a people mover that will offer a connection between airport terminals and the Aviation/96th Street Station for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The formal environmental studies still must be done and LAWA says construction is expected to begin in 2017.

Here’s the news release from Los Angeles World Airports:

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners today unanimously approved moving forward with a $4 billion plan to transform LAX’s ground transportation and arrival and departure experience. The future Landside Access Modernization Program includes a new automated LAX Train that will connect passengers to the airline terminals from new facilities at the airport including a Rental Car Center, multiple locations for passenger pick-up and drop-off, and Metro’s planned Crenshaw Line station at 96th Street/Aviation Boulevard. The plan is designed to relieve congestion in the Central Terminal Area (CTA) as well as on local streets surrounding the airport.

“Today we are moving one step closer to bringing rail to LAX and building the world-class airport our residents and visitors deserve,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who chairs the Metro Board of Directors. “The automated train to LAX, consolidated Rental Car Center and new passenger check-in facility will not only save time for travelers, but it will also ease traffic at the airport, on our freeways and in the surrounding neighborhoods. The LAX train will also improve our local economy as part of our airport modernization program that will create 40,000 jobs, remodel terminals and dramatically upgrade the passenger experience at LAX.”

“This is a big day for L.A. We are moving to make good on a long-standing promise to all Angelenos: We will connect LAX to a Metro station, and we’ll make it easier, faster, and more convenient to travel through our airport,” Councilmember Mike Bonin, Chair of the City Council’s Transportation Committee said. “With a new Automated People Mover, Metro Station, Consolidated Rental Car and intermodal transportation facilities, we’ll remove traffic and congestion from terminal areas and nearby neighborhoods, making LAX a world-class airport as well as a first class neighbor.”

The Board’s vote sets the groundwork for the LAX Landside Access Modernization Program to begin the environmental review process in January 2015. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.

“This Program will transform how people travel to and from LAX in the future,” said Sean Burton, President of the Board of Airport Commissioners. “We are committed to building a system that will relieve congestion, encourage transit use and create a reliable, efficient, time-certain arrival and departure experience for residents and visitors.”

The LAX Landside Modernization Program includes the following elements:

A new automated LAX Train to connect the passenger terminals to the Rent-A-Car Center, multiple pick-up and drop-off facilities and Metro’s planned Crenshaw Line station at 96th Street/Aviation Boulevard.

–        Provides free, fast, reliable and convenient access to terminals for passengers, employees and other users of LAX 24/7, 365 days a year.

–        Includes three stations in the Central Terminal Area connecting to the airline terminals with a convenient pedestrian walkway system.

–        Encourages passenger pick-up and drop-off outside the Central Terminal Area.

–        Designed specifically for travelers with luggage.

A single Rent-A-Car Center that will consolidate all rental car companies into one convenient location connected to the airport by the LAX Train.

–        Improves the customer experience for visitors renting cars at LAX.

–        Eliminates the need for rental car shuttles.

–        Provides rental car customers direct access to major freeways.

New locations for arrival, departure, pick-up and drop-off outside the Central Terminal Area connected to the airport by the LAX Train. 

–        Offers new convenient parking with direct access to the LAX Train.

–        Provides easily accessible and comfortable areas to meet and greet passengers.

–        Creates new pick-up and drop-off locations with access to other hotel and airport shuttles.

–        Includes retail, dining options and other amenities.

A quick connection to Metro’s planned Crenshaw Line station at 96th Street/Aviation Boulevard.

–        The LAX Train will link the airport to Metro’s transit station and provide a connection to the region.

“This is an important commitment to Los Angeles,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director Los Angeles World Airports. “The Board’s decision today means local residents and visitors to LAX won’t have to wait a generation to benefit from these improvements. Improvements are happening now.”

The Landside Access Modernization Program is part of the overall LAX modernization plan and will go through a comprehensive environmental review and approval process before it can proceed.  There will be many opportunities for the public to participate throughout the process.  For more information go to

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third in the United States. LAX offers 692 daily nonstop flights to 85 cities in the U.S. and 928 weekly nonstop flights to 67 cities in 34 countries on 62 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with over 1.9 million tons of air cargo valued at over $91.6 billion. An economic study in 2011 reported that operations at LAX generated 294,400 jobs in Los Angeles County with labor income of $13.6 billion and economic output of more than $39.7 billion. This activity added $2.5 billion to local and state revenues. LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

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17 replies

  1. i hope the people mover car design stay on tywo rails and not rubber tire’s with a concreat guideway the cost with replacing rubber tire and black mark’s $$$$ costly steele rail for the people mover cars match rail connection’s and not a people cheap bus mover

    • Can’t remember, perhaps Spain, the subway cars ran on truck/bus tires instead of rails.

      • rubber tire falls apart check mono rail rubber tiers monrail black tire marking on guidway tsteal rail better last longer i think contreat guide way cheap two rail people mover more better i tyhink peopple moovers that are rubber tire is a two carbus it dose not fit the as a train viehical but if they dont built it as a two steal rail people mover then we have buss minded developers who like bussway and foney train on rubber tire concreat guidfe piller roadway that’s not a true train like rail car. i never like getting of a train on to a people moover buss the looks like a train but ride’s like a bus like a rubber tire trolley in hollywood

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  3. How nice, all we will have to do when the Crenshaw Line and the People Mover are connected is to drive to Crenshaw and Exposition to board a train or down to one of the Green Line stops to get to the airport since the MTA still hasn’t recognized the concept of one seat via inter connecting the Light Rail Lines. It’s not that new of a concept either. The Pacific Electric, the largest interurban system in the United States, used it as well as the L. A. Railway(LATL) clear back to the turn of the last century.

    • Short of hundreds of billions of dollars which has to be procured to buy out and demolish every single property adjacent to LAX or hundred of billions of dollars to dig a tunnel underneath LAX, we’re not going to have a single seat ride to LAX in the short or long term. This is the best we can have.

      Besides, Metro doesn’t even make money let alone has no clue how to make a profit or have a business model like Asia does. Where’s the money going to come from? More taxes? We’re taxed enough already. Not that taxes go to anything good, it all disappears with CalPERs union benefits anyway.

      Do I like it? No. I too would like a one seat ride into LAX. But I’m realistic enough to understand the political and funding issues so whether I complain or not, I’m not getting it so I take what I can get. So quit complaining, be grateful that this is the best LA can do right now under the times we live in today. Don’t like it? Vote LA and California politicians out of office, find someone who can make Metro profitable private enterprise, make billions of dollars on their own to construct what you want. Trust me, it ain’t gonna be built cheap, fast, or in time before any one of us are still alive.

      • You apparently failed to read my entire post. I was not talking about “One Seat” into LAX but instead “One Seat” from such locations as Downtown L.A. to the “People Mover.” As being built it will be impossible for patrons to ride via the Expo Line from Downtown to the airport because the Expo Line is at street level while the Crenshaw Line will terminate for now at Exposition underground. The same is true where the Blue Line connects with the Green Line. In both instances alternate legs could be constructed thereby creating two new lines utilizing existing trackage much like where the Blue Line and Expo Lines share trackage in downtown L.A. at Flower and Washington north and southbound. The Green Line currently has a ramp to the Blue Line which was used prior to the Green Line yard being built. The Crenshaw Line should have terminated at ground level in order to create a new line using a turn-out.

    • It would be fine if there was a single “Airport Express” train that left US and with a stop at the junction of either the Expo/Crenshaw or Blue/Green. The problem is there are not enough triple track sections to allow for a true express.

      • The Blue Line along Long Beach Ave. may have sufficient room to build additional trackage but along the Green Line and Expo Lines there is not. But why not every other train for instance being scheduled to the airport utilizing turnouts at both the Blue Line / Green Line Station as well as where the Expo Line and Crenshaw Line meet. But unfortunately where these lines meet physical barriers have been created which limits the future ability to create two additional lines using existing trackage with turnouts.

    • I’d be willing to bet that the once the Crenshaw Line opens, it will take the form of both Norwalk to Expo/Crenshaw, and Redondo Beach to Expo/Crenshaw. The existing Green Line bridge near Aviation/LAX was already designed to do this.

      • Actually the turnout was created so as the Green Line could go into the airport. My guess it was stopped by such business like “Car Rental” companies and the private parking lots adjacent to the airport. Also the board that runs LAX wanted to create their own rail system within the airport which we now see has been approved after about 15 years since the Green line opened.

  4. Only three LAX stops? Does that mean it will go in a straight line in between the terminals (basically stopping in the area where the restaurant and tower are located and then Tom Bradley and reverse course) or will it go in a circle like shape and stop next to each the terminals? If it’s going in a straight line, it’s going to be a big problem. That will mean people will need to walk FAR to get to the domestic terminals. I hope not…

    • Try looking at the London Heathrow station map

      People have to walk to Terminals 1, 2, 3. Nothing new. And Heathrow is more busier than LAX. People do it all the time and Heathrow and the London Underground runs perfectly fine.

      This whole “I want a front door access to every terminal” thing is outrageously stupid. People need to get over and be happy with what they get. Can’t handle a few feet of walking, then drive there and deal with the traffic jams on World Way.

    • so about equal to the walk if you parked in the short term parking in the middle of the airport? Doesn’t seem like a long walk to me.