LAX officials hold groundbreaking for new transit facility

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Officials at the Los Angeles International Airport broke ground Thursday on the Intermodal Transportation Facility West, an important station for the much-anticipated Automated People Mover.

Los Angeles leaders were also present at the ceremony. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the facility an “important milestone” for Angeleno transportation.

“This new facility will create one of three convenient alternatives to driving into the airport’s crowded central terminal area,” City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the communities adjacent to the airport, said.

Located between Westchester Parkway and 96th Street, the ITF-West parking structure and mobility hub will be the first component of LAX’s modernization projects to be completed, opening in 2021. Two new roadways, Jetway Boulevard and 93rd Street, will provide direct access to the facility.

From the hub, an elevated tram will pick up and drop off travelers in a matter of minutes, according to an LAX news release. The Automated People Mover, to be opened in 2022, will stop at a new terminal east of Sepulveda Boulevard, and connect to a consolidated car rental facility, a Metro station connecting to the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the airport’s central terminal area.

The expansion would come just before the 2028 Summer Olympic Games, according to Los Angeles World Airports spokesman Heath Montgomery, and right after the ongoing $14 billion effort to overhaul the surrounding road network. Additionally, Terminals used by Delta, American and Southwest airlines are all undergoing costly face-lifts currently.

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