The Los Angeles City Council has authorised a 30-year, $4.9bn contract with LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Automated People Mover (APM) project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
LINXS is a fully integrated team comprised of Fluor, Balfour Beatty, ACS Infrastructure Development, Dragados USA, HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions, Flatiron, and Bombardier Transportation. It 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.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said: “Making LAX the most passenger-friendly airport in the world means giving travellers what they need and have been asking for - reliable, convenient transportation to and from the terminals.
“This historic investment will ensure that LAX is seamlessly connected with communities across the region.”
Apart from designing and constructing the system, LINXS will be responsible for operating and maintaining the train and stations for a 30-year period. The project will be delivered on a public-private partnership (P3) contracting model.
The APM project is expected to offer a maximum ridership capacity of 10,000 passengers per hour and up to 87.7 million passengers per annum.
Station platforms are open air, light-filled and have escalators, elevators, and moving walkways for convenient access to the terminals. The trains will arrive every two minutes.
The APM train system is set to be operational in 2023.
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.
“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,” the Los Angeles World Airports said in a statement.