LINXS breaks ground on $4.9bn LA Airport automated people mover project


LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) has broken ground on the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Automated People Mover project for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in California, US.

LINXS is a joint venture comprising Fluor, ACS Infrastructure Development, Balfour Beatty, Bombardier Transportation, Dragados USA, Flatiron and Hochtief PPP Solutions.

Fluor, a US-based engineering and construction firm, and its partners will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the $4.9bn project over the next 30 years.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Fluor infrastructure business president Terence Easton said: “We are eager to officially begin the construction and advancement of LAX’s world-class facilities.

“This project is a signature piece of mega infrastructure that will be ready to welcome the 2028 Summer Olympics, will improve mobility for travelers from around the world and empower progress for the Los Angeles region for generations to come.”

The LINXS team has been working on the pre-construction phase of the project over the past year.

Fluor is the managing partner of LINXS Constructors, a design-build joint venture team consisting of Fluor, Balfour Beatty, Dragados and Flatiron.

The project includes the construction of six stations along a 2.25-mile guideway where driverless vehicles will arrive every two minutes during peak periods to transport passengers.

The new line will have ridership capacity of up to 10,000 passengers per hour.

LAWA expects the new line to carry 85 million passengers every year, providing a modern, reliable solution to help ease traffic congestion.

After the construction, LINXS Operators, consisting of Fluor, ACS, Bombardier and Hochtief, will provide operations and maintenance services for approximately 25 years.

In April 2018, the Los Angeles City Council authorised the contract with LINXS to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the APM.

The LINXS team is supported by a design team of HDR and HNTB.

As part of the contract, Bombardier Transportation will provide the APM Operating System along with all vehicles.

The project will be delivered on a public-private partnership (P3) contracting model.

Station platforms will be open air, light-filled and have escalators, elevators and moving walkways for convenient access to the terminals.

The project represents the centrepiece of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which also features a Consolidated Rent-a-Car (ConRAC) facility, Intermodal Transportation Facility-West, and associated roadway improvements.


Image: Rendering of the Los Angeles International Airport’s Automated People Mover. Photo: Courtesy of Fluor Corporation / Business Wire.

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