Design of the new Airport Metro Connector station is about 60 percent complete and a new batch of renderings have been released by agency staff. The station will be built at Aviation and 96th Street.
This is the station where Crenshaw/LAX and Green Line riders will be able to transfer to the Automatic People Mover being built by LAX. The Airport Metro Connector station will also feature bus bays for local buses, as well as a pickup/dropoff area. Long story short: it means not having to drive into the very congested airport horseshoe.
On Metro’s side of things, the plan is to complete the Crenshaw/LAX Line and get that in service — and then begin the work in earnest on the Airport Metro Connector station. Major construction on the station is forecast to start in 2020 with the station opening in 2023, the same year the airport is saying the people mover will be complete. Here’s a new staff report on the Airport Metro Connector.
Below is a video by LAX that shows how the people mover will serve the airport terminals and other destinations:
As for how the Crenshaw/LAX and Green Lines, an operating plan for the two lines is going to the Metro Board of Directors this month for their approval. As part of the Crenshaw project, the tracks were joined with the Green Line tracks, meaning trains can switch between the two lines. Thus the need for a new operating plan.
Under the new plan, trains would run between Norwalk Station and the new Expo/Crenshaw Station on the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Another set of trains would run between Redondo Station and Aviation/Century Station — and later the Airport Metro Connector Station after that opens. Transfers between the two lines will eventually take place at Aviation/Century or the Airport Metro Connector stations.
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