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New Visual Models Preview The LAX People Mover

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It will be a while before you can actually take a ride on LAX's automated people mover, but the airport has released a new virtual reality model that offers a preview of what the completed project will look like.

The people mover is an electric train that will transport travelers to and from terminals at LAX and a light rail station on Metro's LAX/Crenshaw Line. For certain Angelenos, that means making the trip to the airport (and back) entirely by rail.

The model gives you several different 360-degree views of the people mover track and the central terminal platform where passengers will board.

Screenshot from the virtual reality tour of the new LAX People Mover. (Los Angeles World Airports)
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"[It] gives you a view of what you're going to experience while you're waiting to get on the train and head off to wherever you're going," said Stephanie Sampson, an LAX spokesperson. "You can see that they're open air, allowing for our guests to enjoy the LA weather, and it's really a testament to the midcentury modern design that you see at our airport."

The people mover project broke ground in March 2019. Major construction is scheduled to finish mid-2022, and the train should be up and running in 2023.

"We're in the thick of that construction right now, which everyone coming to LAX will see over the next two years as we build this new people mover system," said Sampson.