Planning, Infrastructure

LAX Transportation Innovation

The city of Los Angeles approved the contract this month for a 30-year, $4.9 billion construction and operation contract for a New Automated People Mover at LAX. The People-Mover will comprise of three stations within the LAX and three stations connecting to other transportation hubs including rental car facilities and the soon-to-be-completed Crenshaw/LAX line, which will integrate LAX into the city-wide rail system.

Much like other People Movers, the short track will run end-to-end in 10 minutes and shuttles will arrive every 2 minutes. It will be easily accessible, with wide doors and ample space for passengers and luggage.

The LAX People Mover is the latest project in Los Angeles World Airports’ plans to modernize and streamline their airport transportation infrastructure. Completion of the People Mover, in 2023, coincides with the completion of the Crenshaw/LAX Line and gives LAX a 5-year window to live-test their systems before Los Angeles hosts the 2028 Summer Olympics.

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) has stressed this completion schedule is critical for success. While LAX is already the 5th busiest airport in the world for passenger traffic, any delays that impede on Olympic preparations could spell a real catastrophe. That is why the BOAC opted to issue an Request for Proposals (RFP) with the intention of pursuing a P3 – a Public Private Partnership – to expedite this project. It will allow the project to leverage the best experience, expertise, efficacy, and resources from the private sector to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain this large infrastructure project.