Gawk At What The New LAX People Mover Will Look Like
Like clockwork, the powers responsible for building all those new transit toys we're bound to be getting in the coming years drop, as required by law, enormous Environmental Impact Reports. Hidden deep inside those lengthy EIR documents are renderings of what what the goodies will eventually look like once they're built.
Thursday's EIR dump came in the form of a 1,600 page document detailing the environmental effects of the in-development LAX Automated People Mover (APM) and general airport improvement plan. Aside from a people mover, LAX will also be gaining a consolidated rental car center (instead of the unconsolidated rental car scatter throughout Westchester) and a direct connection to Metro's Green and (soon to be completed) Crenshaw/LAX light rail lines. A pair of 'Intermodal Transportation' facilities will also be built to accommodate buses and other forms of non-car transportation. The estimated date of completion is 2023, just in time for a the hypothetical summer Olympic games in 2024.
Here's a map of what's actually going to happen at LAX:
As you might have cleverly deduced, the line snaking roughly horizontally across the aobve image is the course of the APM itself. The computer controlled trains will run between the airport terminals and several stops outside the airport. Moving east, the APM will stop first at an Intermodal Transportation Facility, followed by a stop at the 96th Street Green/Crenshaw line Metro station, and another transportation facility before finishing up at the Consolidated Rental Car Facility.
Inside the airport, the people mover will run through the center with three stops, serving terminals 1 and 7, 2 and 6, and then a terminus stop that at the Bradley terminal that also connects to Terminals 3 and 4.
Anyway, you'll find some more lovely renderings cherrypicked from the 1,600 page report for your enjoyment if you continue scrolling. Here's what stations along the Crenshaw/LAX line will look like (to be completed sometime in 2019), including LAX's own specific station.