I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan…
…and a bunch of gridlocked traffic of Ubers, buses, and cars at arrivals.
Pop song lyrics aside, Los Angeles has a serious traffic problem and its main airport (the fourth busiest in the world), is no exception.
Thankfully, the city approved a $4.9 billion dollar project last April to construct an elevated train system that would connect the terminals, a centrally located rental car center, a ground transportation hub, and public transportation. Yes. Public transit. In LA.
That people mover broke ground this past week.
Connecting LAX To The City
The APM (Automated People Mover) is expected to connect with the Metro Green and Crenshaw/LAX light rail lines. The city promises that you can go from the Metro to your terminal in 10 minutes or less. It will also have a stop at a consolidated rent-a-car center that aims to bring together more than 20 car rental offices in one location. No more shuttle buses.
Here’s a short, slick video that details all of the APM’s features:
Electric-powered trains are expected to operate every two minutes. If only JFK’s AirTrain can run 1/8th as frequent as that to connect to New York’s own metro system…
— Chris Dong (@thechrisflyer) March 8, 2019
The project isn’t expected to be completed until 2023. With a few years of delays, it’ll be finished just in time for the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028.
In all seriousness, I’m very much looking forward to the completion of this Automated People Mover. It’s a game changer for the city of Los Angeles, and it’s been a long-time coming. This is great news for LAX and the city (and all cities everywhere, really) as it looks to decrease its auto dependence.