LA Metro begins work on $900 million Airport Metro Connector project
The new LA Metro project will connect Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with the city’s transport network, with light rail and bus connections planned for the new transport hub.
Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins spoke a ceremony marking the start of construction Credit: LA Metro
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has begun construction on the $898.6-million Airport Metro Connector Project that will directly connect the Metro system to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The Airport Metro Connector Project (AMC) is the ninth station along the Crenshaw/LAX Line currently under construction and will connect directly with the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Automated People Mover project — presently being built — that connects directly with the airport passenger terminals.
“Everyone traveling to or from LAX should have access to modern, reliable public transportation that gets them to their destination on time,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.
“The Airport Metro Connector is a historic step toward reimagining how travellers 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.”
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.
In addition, the station features a bike hub, a private vehicle drop-off zone and easy access to the LAX people mover, a new Metro customer service centre, interactive information kiosks, public restrooms and commercial space for tenants who will provide passenger conveniences.
“This is an exciting project that will serve as the ‘Gateway’ to LAX for future generations — just as LAX has long served as the gateway to Southern California for so many millions of people,” said Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins.
“The AMC station will also provide multiple connections to the Metro system and will help airport-area employees and travellers easily get to wherever they need to go in our region.”