The Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners has approved a $4.9 billion, 30-year public-private partnership contract with LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the Automated People Mover system at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
“We are investing billions to modernize LAX because it is America’s gateway to the world,” says Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Today’s vote brings us one step closer to rail at our airport – and a city that is better connected than ever before.”
LINXS is an integrated team that consists of Fluor, Balfour Beatty, ACS Infrastructure Development, Dragados USA, HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions, Flatiron, and the design team comprised of HDR and HNTB. Bombardier Transportation will furnish the APM Operating System.
In February the LAWA Board of Airport Commissioners approved LINXS as the Recommended Developer, and the parties entered into a $42 million Early Works Agreement, which initiated pre-construction activities including hiring, soil testing and further design measures for the Automated People Mover.
The $4.9 billion P3 contract includes milestone payments for the completion of the design and construction phases. The contract also authorizes future payments during the contract period for operation and maintenance of the Automated People Mover.
The Automated People Mover itself is the centerpiece of the Landside Access Modernization Program, which includes a Consolidated Rent-a-Car facility, an Intermodal Transportation Facility and roadway improvements. The Automated People Mover consists of driverless trains that will arrive at every LAX station every two minutes. The trains will accommodate travelers with wide doors, large windows, handholds and seats. Station platforms for the Automated People Mover will be open air and have escalators, elevators and moving walkways. The system is expected to be operational in 2023.
“This contract approval represents our commitment to improve the guest experience and to our community through its social responsibility requirements,” says Deborah Flint, CEO of LAWA. “This modern project delivery approach will bring a system that is reliable on opening day and the decades ahead.”