Jon Baird KNX1070

LAX Breaks Ground on New 'Automated People Mover'

March 14, 2019 - 2:41 pm

(KNX 1070) -- Thursday's a big day for travelers who fly in and out of LAX, with the groundbreaking of a new "Automated People Mover" system.  

When it's done, some roughly 10,000 passengers can ride all the way to the airport -- without getting in a car. 

Each train, operating about every two minutes on average, will carry about 200 people from Metro's Green Line, that currently runs through LAX and the soon to be completed Crenshaw/LAX line. 

"We can’t be a world-class neighbor to the communities around here until we confront traffic in a sustainable and responsible way," L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the groundbreaking. 

It’s a nearly $5 billion project that will connect the LAX terminals with the light rail system nearby.  And it will connect to a new consolidated rental car center.  There will be 6 stations overall.

The people mover is scheduled to be complete in four years, with an estimated end date of March 2023.