Rail to LAX Plans Start Coming Into Focus

The latest from Los Angeles World Airports (which runs LAX), as presented to Metro's board last week: There will be three stations constructed inside the central terminal area for the automated people mover that will connect the Crenshaw Line/LAX line to LAX at the Aviation/96th Street station. There will be a terminal-like structure for the people mover at the Aviation/96th Street station; another station at a new Intermodal Transportation Facility that will have parking, serve as a shuttle bus stop, and as a drop-off and pick-up area for passengers; and there will be a 6th station that will serve a consolidated rental car facility, thereby removing the need for all those endlessly circling shuttles outside the airport. Moving sidewalks will help passengers get from central terminal area stations to the terminals.

Construction of the people mover is to start in 2017 or 2018, and last 5 to 7 years. Completion is slated for 2024, when LA hopes to host the summer Olympics. The city's improved public transit system is central to the Olympics bid, as are recent upgrades to LAX."Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city, with endless diversity, attractions and scenic beauty," Mayor Garcetti said in an earlier press release about the bid.

Read more on Metro's The Source and on Curbed LA.



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