Transforming Travel to LAX

Automated People Mover Groundbreaking Ceremony. Photo by Diandra Jay/Board of Supervisors

Construction is under way on the $4.5-billion Automated People Mover (APM), a 2.25-mile electric train system to LAX that should be fully operational by 2023. 

Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn. Photo by Diandra Jay/Board of Supervisors

“It wasn’t long ago that the vision of our connecting our airport to public transit was nothing more than a pipe dream, but Los Angeles has come a long way,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony. “This marks our collective commitment to creating a truly connected and efficient transit system. And it is happening by connecting the Crenshaw/LAX Line to the Automated People Mover.”

“Everyone traveling to or from LAX should have access to modern, reliable public transportation that gets them to their destination on time,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The Automated People Mover is a historic investment in our city’s transportation infrastructure — a milestone that will create middle-class jobs, reduce traffic congestion, and deliver a world-class experience for travelers.”

The APM system will includes six stations — three outside the airport terminal loop and three inside. It will connect with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s light rail system. 

Once operational, APM trains will pick up passengers at each station every two minutes, with a total of 10 minutes travel time end-to-end.

Free to use and always operational, the APM system is expected to carry 30 million passengers a year. Its fleet of 44 cars will be fully electric powered, offsetting the carbon equivalent of about 12 million vehicle miles driven.

The project is expected to create more than 2,000 construction jobs, a third of which are reserved for residents of Los Angeles as well as communities near LAX that are most affected by the project. About 60 percent of careers during the 25-year operations and maintenance phase are designated for local workers.

LINXS, the selected developer for APM — has built partnerships with community-based organizations to make jobs available to diverse groups of people.

The project is expected to create infrastructure career pathways for women, former foster youth, individuals in reentry and transitioning out of gang involvement, and persons with disabilities.

HireLAX, LAWA’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program, has been a key partner in this effort. Of their 82 graduates so far, 66 have been residents of 2nd District.

“As we put shovels in the ground for the Automated People Mover project, we now have within sight, the monumental transformation of LAX that will take shape over the next four years,” said Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX. “Today, we celebrate this important milestone in the construction of our elevated train system, share our gratitude to our myriad partners who are making this project possible, and commit to delivering an exceptional project that will provide great benefit to our guests, the local community and the over 55,000 employees working at LAX.”

“The Board of Airport Commissioners is committed to creating a world-class airport for Los Angeles, delivered in an innovative, efficient and fiscally-responsible manner,” said Sean Burton, President, Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners. “Our automated people mover will be the centerpiece of our LAX modernization, and I am excited to help celebrate the start of major construction on this project.”

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