LAX is moving on a massive overhaul of its ground transportation/arrival/departure situation that'll bring the airport, if not into the Twenty-First Century, at least into the late Twentieth.
In 2014, the Board of Airport Commissioners voted to move ahead on the $4-billion Landside Access Modernization Program, which will include a new consolidated rental car center, new pick-off/drop-off/parking areas, and— most notably of all—an automated people mover to connect those spots with a stop on the forthcoming Crenshaw Line light rail and, of course, with LAX's central terminal area. The eventual goal will be to keep anyone from ever being trapped in that terrible horseshoe road ever again.
Here's what's included in the LAMP (Landside Access Modernization Program):
Right now, rental car pick-ups are spread all over Westchester. Under the new plan, it’ll make the car rental experience fast and easy. The Consolidated Rent-A-Car Center (CONRAC) will relocate existing rental car companies into one convenient location adjacent to the 405-freeway with direct connections to the airport using the LAX Train. They'll all be in the one Consolidated Rent-A-Car Center in Manchester Square, approximately between Century/Aviation/Arbor Vitae/La Cienega.
Intermodal Transportation Facilities:
The Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITF) will provide airport users multiple locations outside the terminal area to pick-up and drop off passengers, park their cars, check-in and get to their flights by taking the LAX Train. Furthermore, there will be two big ITF areas for pick-ups, drop-offs, parking, shuttle service, and even check-in, eating, and shopping — one by the CONRAC and one on the existing site of Lot C at Ninety-Sixth/Sepulveda.
The Intermodal Transportation Facilities will feature:
Quick and efficient access to the APM
Airport parking for private vehicles
Connections/transfers to hotels, shuttles/commercial vehicles, and transit
Amenities such as waiting areas, concessions, and ticketing/information kiosks
- Metro has agreed to build a 96th Street Station in the already-under-construction Crenshaw Line to provide a rail and bus link to the airport.
- LAWA agreed to build an APM station above the planned 96th Street Metro Station to allow for quick and convenient transfers to LAX.
The automated people mover will have six stops: at the CONRAC, the Crenshaw Line stop, and the Sepulveda ITF, and at three sites in LAX's central terminal area, connecting to the airline terminals with a convenient pedestrian walkway system which adds that it's Designed specifically for travelers with luggage. The people mover combined with the CONRAC will take lots of those rental car shuttles off the roads; combined with the Crenshaw Line stop, it'll hook LAX up to the Metro transit system.
The Automated People Mover (APM) system will feature:
A total of 6 stations connecting new rental car, airport parking and Metro facilities to the airline terminals
3 stations in the Central Terminal Area providing fast and easy connections to the airline terminals with a convenient pedestrian walkway system
Short wait times at each station (2-3 minutes)
Free for airport users, 24 hours a day
The guideway will be approximately 2-1/4 miles long, 50 to 70 feet above ground with a width of 35-75 feet and columns every 100 feet (typical)
The APM system will simultaneously operate up to 9 trains with a 2- minute wait time
Each train would consist of 4-cars up to 175 feet long
Each car will hold approximately 50 passengers, with luggage
Pedestrian Access will be enhanced by moving walkways to the terminals and parking garages
Actual construction is projected to start in 2017 and won't finish until, perhaps, until 2024.
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