Inauguration of the Airport Metro Connector project
Metro today held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the $ 898.6 million airport metro connector project that will directly connect the metro system to the international airport in Los Angeles (LAX). Making it possible to catch a train to LAX, one of the country’s busiest airports, has been something the region has been trying to accomplish over the past three decades. Watch the Facebook Live event here.
The Airport Metro Connector (AMC) project is the ninth station along the Crenshaw / LAX line currently under construction and will connect directly with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Automated People Mover Project – currently under construction – which will connect directly at the airport passenger terminals.
“Anyone traveling to or from LAX should have access to modern, reliable public transportation that gets them to their destination on time,” said Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles and Chairman of the Metro Board. “The Airport Metro Connector is a historic step towards re-imagining the way travelers experience our airport – a turning point that will generate jobs and economic growth, reduce congestion and help our airport realize its potential as an airport. that world-class gateway to Los Angeles. . “
The new AMC station will be located at Aviation and 96th Street. The project includes platforms for access to 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 includes a hub for bicycles, a private vehicle disembarkation area and easy access to the LAX people transporter, a new Metro customer service center, interactive information kiosks, public washrooms. and commercial space for tenants that will provide amenities to passengers.
“This is an exciting project that will serve as a ‘gateway’ to LAX for future generations, just as LAX has long served as a gateway to Southern California for so many millions of people,” said Stephanie Wiggins, CEO of Metro. “The AMC station will also provide multiple connections to the metro system and help airport area employees and travelers easily get to where they need to go in our region. “
The railway station portion of the project will contain two light rail platforms that will be easily accessible via escalators and elevators, new ADA-compliant swing doors to allow smooth passage with luggage, and a full roof covering the entire the platform.
The project was designed to achieve a Gold Energy and Environmental Design Leadership (LEED) rating with sustainable features that include more than 550,000 kilowatts of solar panels, large areas of native landscaping and charging stations. electric buses. The AMC project is expected to be completed in 2024.
Here are photos from today’s milestone event.
For more information on the Airport Metro Connector project, visit: https://www.metro.net/projects/lax-extension/
“Not only is LAX one of the busiest airports in the world, it’s also an employment center for Angelenos, especially for those who reside in South Los Angeles,” said Holly Mitchell, county supervisor. of Los Angeles and a member of the board of directors of Metro. “As we enter the final stages of construction on Crenshaw LAX, the Airport Subway Connector will serve as a vital bridge to the airport for visitors, residents and our vital aviation workforce. . “
“Reagan once said that the most terrifying words in English were, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ We know they’re actually “Hey, can you take me to LAX?” “In a few years, with the construction of this project and the Automated People Mover, your answer will be” No way, take Metro! Said Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Member.
“The Airport Metro Connector station will be a new Union Station for the Westside, connecting residents and employees to buses and trains, and welcoming travelers from around the world to Southern California,” said Mike Bonin, board member of administration of Metro and LA city council. “Through incredible collaboration and coordination between Metro and the airport, future travelers will enjoy a modern and seamless transfer from planes to buses and trains that can take them almost anywhere in Los Angeles. This innovation is a crucial step in our efforts to offer residents and visitors real alternatives to traffic. “
“Today marks an important milestone in connecting the entire metro system to one of the country’s busiest airports with a state-of-the-art transportation facility that will be used by thousands of passengers each. day, ”said James T. Butts, Mayor of Inglewood and member of Metro’s board of directors. “Improving transportation mobility options is key to increasing ridership and getting people out of their vehicles and using public transit. “
“This project, when completed, will make navigation in the metro system with a direct connection to LAX easy to use and convenient for passengers providing a safe passage to this busy airport,” said Fernando Dutra, board member of Whittier and member of Metro’s board of directors. “Metro serves many destinations throughout the Los Angeles County area, and this project makes connecting to those destinations a reality for travelers arriving at LAX.”
“Today is a monumental day, not only for our friends at Metro, but for all of us at Los Angeles World Airports, as we move closer to our vision of a connected and seamless journey to and from LAX,” said Justin Erbacci. , CEO, Los Angeles World Airports. “This long-awaited connection to the regional transportation system will create new options for our customers and employees to get to LAX – and we look forward to the future connection to our Automated People Mover train system.”