LAWA breaks ground on £1.6bn Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility in US

WCN Editorial Team 13 Sep 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and city officials have broken ground on the $2bn (£1.62bn) Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility, which aims to improve and streamline the car rental process at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the US.

Located at LAX, the 5.3m ft² ConRAC facility will centralise the rental car operations into one location and offer a direct connection to the upcoming Automated People Mover (APM) train.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “We are building the world-class airport travelers need and deserve — and the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility groundbreaking demonstrates how we’re keeping this promise.

“Our city is doing so much more than building a parking structure — we are making an investment that will improve the traveling experience, reduce congestion in surrounding neighborhoods, and create middle-class careers for years to come.”

The ConRAC facility will comprise 18,000 parking stalls with 6,600 ready/return spaces, 10,000 idle-vehicle storage spaces, and 1,100 rental car employee spaces as well as visitor parking.

Additionally, it will feature an on-site Quick-Turn Around facility for fuelling, washing and light maintenance of rental car vehicles.

The consolidated facility will remove rental car shuttle traffic from the Central Terminal Area (CTA) in a bid to improve traffic on the roadways and free up curbside boarding space in the CTA.

Council member Mike Bonin said: “This is a big step toward LAX becoming a world-class airport for travelers and a first-class neighbor to Westchester and Playa del Rey.

“Especially once it is connected to the new Automated People Mover, this new Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility will reduce the number of shuttles and vans navigating the Central Terminal Area and nearby neighborhoods, improving both local traffic and air quality. That is a big win and exciting progress to celebrate.”

Scheduled to be completed in 2023, the transit hub is expected to become the largest facility of its kind in the world with a vehicle leaving every two seconds at peak operations.

Los Angeles City Council member Joe Buscaino said: “LAX continues to move full steam ahead with its $14 billion investment to create a fully transformed airport of the future.”

The ConRAC facility will also feature native drought-tolerant landscaping, reclaimed water usage, more than 200 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers, and a solar farm with a capacity of over 8,400MWh annually.

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Image: Illustration of the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility at the Los Angeles International Airport in the US. Photo: courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports.

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