01/31/2019 11:10 AM

Demo of Former Burger King at 96th & Airport for People Mover Project

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2019 
Stephanie Sampson

The former Burger King at 96th St. and Airport Blvd. was demolished in just six hours.

(Los Angeles, CA) Marking a new phase of construction at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the first structure was demolished to allow for the construction of the Automated People Mover (APM) guideway. LAX Integrated Express Solution (LINXS), the developer of the APM, successfully demolished the former Burger King property on the corner of 96th St. and Airport Blvd. The demo was completed on Jan. 28 and took less than six hours to complete. Construction on the APM itself is scheduled to begin this spring.


“Transformative projects are accomplished through a series of smaller steps, and we are starting 2019 with substantive work towards the reimagining of LAX,” said LAWA CEO Deborah Flint. “One of our strategic goals at Los Angeles World Airports is to operate sustainably, and we are pleased that LINXS ensured that the demolition surpassed our high environmental standards, setting the tone for the many milestones that lay ahead of us throughout the life of the project.”


For the APM project, LAWA has required that at least 75 percent of all non-hazardous construction and demolition waste be diverted from going into landfills. LINXS is targeting a goal above this required minimum threshold for demolished material throughout construction.


The APM is an autonomous electric train and the primary component of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), featuring a 2.25-mile elevated guideway with six stations total, three inside the Central Terminal Area and three outside. The APM will provide time-guaranteed access to the airport while connecting travelers to the regional rail system, a new rental car facility and other pick-up/drop-off locations.


Construction for the LAMP, which includes the APM, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITF-West and ITF-East) will ramp up in the coming months, with several more structures along the 2.25-mile guideway path set for demolition. Drilling for the guideway columns will also begin in 2019.


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About Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) 
LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world, second in the United States, and was named one of Skytrax’ 2017 Top 10 Most Improved Airports. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018. LAX offers 737 daily nonstop flights to 100 cities in the U.S. and 1,386 weekly nonstop flights to 88 cities in 44 countries on 73 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion. LAX handled 697,138 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2016. 

An economic study based on 2014 operations reported LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital-improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion, $966 million in state and local taxes, and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues. 

LAX is also the second most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund. 

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