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--- The LAX Modernization at a Glance---

This comprehensive fact sheet provides a brief description of all ongoing and completed capital improvement projects at Los Angeles International Airport.


The New Tom Bradley International Terminal

This project will provide greater capacity to the existing Tom Bradley International Terminal with new gates to comfortably accommodate passenger loads for the larger new generation aircraft and a great hall for premier dining and retail shopping. It is considered to be the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles and it will create 4,000 construction related jobs over the course of the four-year project schedule.

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Elevator, Escalator, and Moving Walkway Modernization 
This $270 million project will replace outdated pieces of equipment with new, efficient, energy saving units to help speed passengers to their destinations. 

In-line Baggage Handling and Screening System Program

The In-Line Baggage Handling & Screening System program will improve and automate the security screening of checked baggage at all LAX terminals and will make travel through LAX safer, faster and more convenient. The total cost of the program covering all nine LAX terminals is estimated at $613 million, with TSA reimbursement expected to total $460 million.

Terminal 5 Renovation

This $229 million renovation/ modernization is improving passenger service and security with a completed new in-line baggage screening system, expansion and streamlining of the passenger screening check points and international passenger processing facilities. A new baggage claim facility, new elevators and escalators and new passenger amenities such as lounges and exciting dining options embody LAX’s commitment to both international and domestic travelers.

LAX Curbside Appeal Project
The Curbside Appeal and Roadway Improvement Project will provide a new, dramatically upgraded look for LAX with the installation of modern LED (light emitting diode) street lighting, way finding components and new canopies for Terminals 3 and 4. The project will also include traffic safety and roadway improvement measures including a second level (departures level) retrofit and traffic improvements to World Way South and Center Way.

Terminal 2 Improvement Program
The Terminal 2 Improvement Program is designed to bring cohesion to Terminal 2, so it will have a complimentary appearance throughout. This improvement program will include major upgrades to the ticket lobby, baggage screening, baggage claim area, and concourse areas, as well as construction of all new concessions and upgrades of all systems (electrical, mechanical, telecom, etc.) that serve the terminal.

Terminal 4 Connector
This $115 million project consists of the design and construction of a multi-use, multi-level facility providing a secure connection between Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) to Terminal 4. Connecting the two terminals will allow passengers easier access to their destination for those needing to reach a connecting flight, with the added convenience of not having to recheck their baggage.

Terminal 1 Renovation
This $509.8 million renovation project will enhance the 30-year-old existing terminal by improving the interior, the outdoor aircraft parking ramp area, and the traffic flow around the Central Terminal Area of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Fifth Feeder
Installation of a new fifth feeder will ensure that LAX has sufficient utility systems reliability, capacity, and redundancy to meet load demands required to support the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, Central Utility Plant, and other improvements at LAX.

ADA Improvements
This multiphase program to reconstruct paths of travel to comply with Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines to ensure equal opportunity and access for persons with disabilities.

LAX Ground Transportation Modernization Program
The LAX Ground Transportation Modernization Program construct the LAX Train (Automated People Mover System) that will connect passengers to airline terminals from new facilities including a Rent-A-Car Center, multiple pick-up and drop-off locations, and Metro’s planned transit station at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard.

Runway Construction
Runway Safety Area improvements have been mandated by Congress for all U.S airports. In order to comply with the federal mandate, LAX will need to close each of its four runways for construction. To limit the impact on operations, LAX will close one runway at a time to complete the necessary work, using the closures as an opportunity to also complete regular runway maintenance.




Central Utility Plant Replacement

Completed April 2015

This $423.8 million project replaced the 50-year existing Central Utility Plant (CUP) with a more modern and energy efficient facility.


Terminal 6 Renovation

Completed March 2012

This $238 million renovation/modernization project increased lobby space, replaced traditional ticketing counters with new check-in kiosks, bag check stations, and a behind-the-scenes in-line baggage handling system. Additional security screening checkpoints were added to facilitate quicker screening.

Runway Status Light Project 

The $7 million state-of-the-art system helps increase airfield safety by using a series of lights embedded in the pavement to warn pilots if it is unsafe to cross or enter a runway, or to take off. The installation of this system significantly reduces the possibility of airfield incursions, making LAX much safer for the traveling public. A prototype system was installed in June 2009 with a full system scheduled for completion by 2014. 


Taxilane S 

Completed November 2011

The $165 million Taxilane S opened for use on November 17, 2011.  This project constructed a 3,785-foot long taxilane to connect Taxiway B on the south airfield and Taxiway E on the north airfield and provides ramp access to aircraft .

LAX Airport Response Coordination Center (ARCC)

Completed December 2010

The $13.9 million Airport Response Coordination Center (ARCC) acts as a high-tech nerve center that streamlines operational efficiency and crisis management capabilities via one dedicated facility staffed by both airport and federal agency personnel.  An adjacent room houses the Incident Management Center (IMC), which is activated in the event of a critical incident or airport emergency.  The IMC acts as a command center and integrates all resources of responding airport divisions and federal agencies.

LAX LAFD Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Station No. 80

Completed November 2010

The $13.5 million ARFF improves airfield safety by doubling the size of the original facility with seven bays to house and maintain rescue vehicles and emergency response equipment as well as accommodate 14 firefighters. Station 80 is centrally located on the LAX airfield to respond to emergencies immediately.

Theme Building Renovation 

Completed June 2010

The $12.3 million project renovated the exterior of the iconic Theme Building and included a unique Tuned Mass Damper to seismically retrofit the building.

Tom Bradley International Terminal Modernization 

Completed May 2010

The $737 million Tom Bradley International Terminal Modernization Project upgraded the facility with a new in-line baggage screening system and interior improvements to enhance customer service and convenience in LAX's international gateway terminal.

Crossfield Taxiway Project (Taxiway R) 

Completed May 2010

The $138 million Crossfield Taxiway Project connects the north and south airfield complexes at LAX with improved safety and efficiency.

South Airfield Improvement Project 

Completed June 2008

This $333 million project relocated Runway 25L/7R 55 feet to the south of its previous location to provide room for a new center taxiway to improve runway safety.


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