Connecting LAX

Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP)

Los Angeles is known for many things—fun and sun, glitz and glamor, and traffic. To help remedy the latter, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has embarked on its Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which aims to relieve congestion for people traveling to and from the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the U.S. 

Through its various congestion-relieving elements, the LAMP is expected to enhance the traveler experience and give customers time-certain access to terminals. To accomplish all this, there are five main components that will provide a more predictable and reliable commute to and from the airport – saving time and improving the overall user experience.


The five components are:


  1. Automated People Mover (APM) - an elevated 2.25-mile electric train system comprised of six stations that will connect travelers to the regional rail system, rental car facility and other drop-off/pick-up locations.


  2. Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF- West) – a facility for airport parking and passenger drop-offs and pick-ups from personal vehicles, buses, shuttles, taxis, and ride-sharing services.  


  3. Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) - a facility that will house 23 rental car locations in one area with easy access to the 405 and 105 Freeways.


  4. Roadway Improvements - designed to alleviate traffic congestion in and around the airport.

  5. Airport Metro Connector Station - The APM will connect LAX to the regional transportation (Metro bus and rail) system. This project is being funded and built by Metro.


Each component will incorporate energy efficient design, sustainable design elements such as drought tolerant, native landscaping, construction waste reduction and recycling and other sustainable operational and design elements.


It will also be built with a strong participation from small businesses, utilization of local hire and labor during construction. 


Construction of the APM, ConRAC, ITF, and a portion of roadway improvements will commence in 2018 and become operational in 2023. The remaining roadway improvements are anticipated to start in 2023 and be completed by 2035.


Current Challenges Solutions 
  • Unreliable travel times to and from the airport (i.e. sometimes it takes 45 minutes to travel through the terminal loop)

  • Significant traffic congestion on freeways and on surrounding surface streets

  • No direct passenger connection to Metro rail

  • Dispersed location of current rental car facilities with significant shuttle traffic around the terminal area


  • APM will offer time-certain transportation options to and from the airport    

  • APM will relieve traffic congestion in and out of the airport and surrounding area by eliminating shuttle trips to/from the terminal area

  • APM allows easy access to Metro’s new 96th Street/Aviation Blvd. transit station which will connect to both the LAX/Crenshaw and Green Lines

  • ITF creates new, convenient locations for passenger pick-up, drop-off and parking

  • ConRAC provides easier and more efficient access to rental cars                          

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