Los Angeles City Council approves $4.9B contract to build airport train system

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to approve a 30-year $4.9 billion contract with LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Automated People Mover (APM) train system at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) selected LINXS as the recommended developer at the February 15 meeting and entered into an early works agreement, which allowed LINXS to begin pre-construction activities such as hiring, soil testing, engineering and furthering design of the APM.

LINXS is comprised of Fluor, Balfour Beatty, ACS Infrastructure Development, Dragados USA, HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions, Flatiron, HDR and HNTB. Bombardier Transportation will provide the APM operating system, including all vehicles.

“The new Automated People Mover will transform the LAX experience for travelers by removing the frustration of the tangled traffic inside the horseshoe,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino, chair of the LA City Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee.

Trains will arrive every two minutes, have wide doors for easy access with luggage, large windows for viewing, plenty of hand holds and seats for those in need. Station platforms are open air, light-filled and have escalators, elevators, and moving walkways for quick, convenient access to the terminals. Architectural features include a viewing platform of the Theme Building, an Experience LA center with an 800 sq. ft. LED programmable screen and an LED light band that accents the 2.25 mile guideway.

LAWA anticipates that the APM will offer a maximum ridership capacity of 10,000 passengers per hour and up to 87.7 million passengers per year. The system will be operational in 2023.

The APM will be built using a Public-Private Partnership (P3) contracting model. LINXS will be designing and constructing the system and will also be responsible for operating and maintaining the train and stations for a 30-year period.

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