"This is a giant leap for the evolution of LAX and public transportation in Los Angeles,"
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) the fourth busiest airport in the world and second in the United States has taken a major step forward in plans for an Automated People Mover (APM) with their appointment of LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) as the Recommended Developer (RD). LINXS is a fully integrated team comprised of Fluor, Balfour Beatty, ACS Infrastructure Development, Dragados USA, HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions, Flatiron, and Bombardier Transportation, and is further supported by a design team comprised of HDR and HNTB. The agreement with LINXS sets in motion the path towards full contract approval by Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) and the Los Angeles City Council in April to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the APM at LAX. LINXS' proposal had the highest technical score and the lowest cost proposal of the three teams that participated in the procurement process.
Convenience, reliability and easy accessibility are key elements of the user experience and are integral requirements for the APM. Trains will arrive every two minutes, have wide doors for easy access with luggage, large windows for viewing, plenty of hand holds and seats for those in need. Station platforms are open air, light-filled and have escalators, elevators, and moving walkways for quick, convenient access to the terminals. Architectural features include a viewing platform of the iconic Theme Building, an Experience LA centre with an 800 sq./ft. LED programmable screen and an LED light band that accents the 2.25 mile guideway. LAWA anticipates that the APM will offer a maximum ridership capacity of 10,000 passengers per hour and up to87.7 million passengers per year. The system will be operational in 2023.
"The APM will relieve congestion and reduce emissions in and around LAX, and make traveling through our airport easier and more convenient,” said Los Angeles Council member Mike Bonin ( @mikebonin ) . “It is a critical piece of our strategy to finally connect Metro rail to LAX, and will help transform this into a world-class airport that’s also a first-class neighbour.”
The APM will be built using a Public-Private Partnership (P3) contracting model. LINXS will be designing and constructing the system and will also be responsible for operating and maintaining the train and stations for a 30-year period. This incentivizes the construction and operating systems to be built to last.
Bombardier Transportation ( @Bombardier ) , a global leader for APM technology and operations, will provide the APM Operating System, including all vehicles. They have been involved in operating numerous APM systems in the U.S. as well as APM systems in Dubai, Heathrow and Munich. LINXS is comprised of firms that have a history of involvement in significant infrastructure projects in Los Angeles and around the country.
The APM is the centre piece of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which also includes a Consolidated Rent-a-Car (ConRAC) facility, Intermodal Transportation Facility-West and associated roadway improvements. The APM will reduce vehicle congestion in the terminal loop, provide a connection with L.A. Metro's regional transportation system, create new and convenient locations for passenger pick-up and drop-off outside of the terminal loop, reduce emissions, and provide reliable access to the terminals.
“Los Angeles relies on LAX ( @flyLAXairport ) to power our economy forward — that’s why we’re making historic investments to ensure it remains one of the most passenger-friendly airports in the world,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. (@MayorOfLA) “Today’s recommendation brings us one step closer to a people mover that will provide Angelenos and travellers from everywhere with reliable, convenient transportation to and from the terminals.”
"LINXS presented a superior technical proposal for a project that is both innovative and iconic and will also relieve traffic congestion, which furthers our goal of continually improving the experience for our guests," said Sean Burton, President of BOAC.
"This is a giant leap for the evolution of LAX and public transportation in Los Angeles," said Joe Buscaino ( @JoeBuscaino ) , L.A. City Councilmember and Chairman of the Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee. "The People Mover will make arriving and departing from LAX faster and smoother than ever before, creating a much more welcoming environment. The investment in the public infrastructure project will provide a huge economic boost to our city, becoming a source of great paying local jobs."
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