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This New Video Lets You Fly Along LAX's Future People Mover

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LAX has released a new video, seen above, detailing the airport's planned automated people mover.

The people mover (APM) is part of the larger Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) that has been in the works for a few years now. The people mover will connect LAX's terminals to parking and rental car complexes, as well as to the Metro's Crenshaw and Green Line subways. (A future L.A. in which we can take the subway from home all the way to the airport? Yes, please!)

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti called for the project in 2014, while planning and permitting has been moving along in the years since.

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The new video gives the most detailed look yet at what we should expect. The fly-through features the elevated track that will whisk passengers between the series of stations including three stops inside the airport's terminal area, two Intermodal Transportation Facilities, the complex housing rental car operators, and the connector to Metro's Crenshaw and Green lines.

The APM will run 24 hours a day, with some nine trains shuttling passengers for free every 2 minutes along a two-and-a-quarter mile track.

So, when should we expect this new transportation solution (which seemingly every major airport in the world has already figured out)? The APM should be operational by 2023, a full five years before the Olympics are slated to take place in the city. As for the cost, the entire LAMP should run about $5 billion, notes Streetsblog LA.

The Crenshaw/Green Lines connector, however, is part of Metro's Measure M improvements. The $600 million terminal will be located along the APM's path at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard. Both the connector and the larger LAMP project are slated to break ground this year.

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