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Unlike the majority of big cities worldwide, people still can’t use rail to get to and from LAX. That’s about to change. Construction has reportedly started on the new station that will directly connect Los Angeles International Airport to the region’s light rail and bus transportation systems. A ceremony was held recently to mark the start of construction.
The Airport Metro Connector, a $898.6 million station, comes amid a massive multibillion-dollar airport makeover, and will solve a decades-old problem. The new station will connect with an automated people mover train being built to carry people to and from the airport’s terminals. The station will have platforms to access Metro light rail trains, a bus plaza, a drop-off zone for travelers, a bicycle hub and commercial space. The project is designed to be up and running in time for the 2028 Olympics.
According to Metro, “By integrating with existing and future transit connections and airport facilities, Metro hopes to increase public transit trips to and from LAX with minimal impact to airport facilities and surrounding communities and to help reduce air pollution.” Moreover, via The Source, the agency explained: “Making it possible to take a train to LAX, one of the nation’s busiest airports, has been something the region has been trying to accomplish for the past three decades.”
Los Angeles City Councilman and member of the board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Mike Bonin reportedly said: “This groundbreaking is a pivotal milestone in our effort to give residents and visitors alike real alternatives to sitting in traffic.”
The core features planned for the new station are as follows:
The new AMC station will be located at Aviation and 96th Street. The project includes platforms to access Metro light rail trains, and an expansive 16-bay bus plaza that will serve Metro and other municipal bus operators including Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver City Bus, Torrance Transit, GTrans (Gardena), and Beach Cities Transit.
Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti said about the project: “The Airport Metro Connector is a historic step toward reimagining how travelers experience our airport — a turning point that will be a source of jobs and economic growth, reduce congestion, and help our airport realize its potential as a world-class gateway to Los Angeles.”