by Associated Press | April 13, 2018
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $4.9 billion contract to design, build and operate an automated people mover at Los Angeles International Airport has been approved by the City Council. Expected to be operational in 2023 and have a capacity of 10,000 people an hour, the project meets the long-sought goal of being able to get in and out of LAX via an automated system instead of by car or bus.
The elevated 2¼-mile system is geared to reduce the number of vehicles that use the airport's central loop roads. It will have driverless electric trains making six stops that will connect the terminals, parking, car rentals and transit, including Metro's Green Line and the new Crenshaw Line opening in 2019. The project on track to open four years after the Crenshaw Line and five years before the city hosts the Olympics.
The free tram between the Crenshaw Line and the terminals will take about 10 minutes and run every two minutes.
The contract voted on Wednesday goes to a consortium called LAX Integrated Express Solutions, known as LINXS. Bombardier Transportation will provide the operating system, including all vehicles.