For Immediate Release
Feb. 26, 2020
A view of the construction for the West Central Terminal Area People Mover Station from the roof of Tom Bradley International Terminal.
(Los Angeles, CA) Today, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced that foundation work has begun on the site of the future West Central Terminal Area (CTA) station at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). One of six elevated stations that comprise the Automated People Mover (APM) system, the West CTA station will be built between Parking Structures 3 and 4.
The largest of the six APM stations, the West CTA station will connect to Terminal 3, Terminal 4, Terminal 5 and Tom Bradley International Terminal via elevated pedestrian bridges. It will feature an open space with a programmable LED screen and public art from LA-based creators. The station’s clean lines, structural glass walls and high-performance coated metal panel cladding honors the architectural heritage of LAX with its mid-century modern aesthetic.
“When the Automated People Mover’s West CTA station opens, people arriving at Tom Bradley International Terminal from all over the world will make a seamless transition to enjoy all Los Angeles has to offer,” said Jake Adams, Deputy Executive Director, Landside Access Modernization Program, LAWA. “Now, anyone arriving or departing on the West side of LAX can see the monumental transformation underway.”
A rendering of the future West Central Terminal Area Station upon exiting Tom Bradley International.
From the West CTA station, the last stop on the route, the approximate peak hour (between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.) travel times via the APM will be six minutes to the future Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF)-West, eight minutes to the future ITF-East station and 10 minutes to the future Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility.
Click here to access printable QR Codes and scan to view a virtual reality model of the West CTA station as well as select views of other APM stations.
LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS), the developer on the project, began foundation work and cast-in-drilled hole (CIDH) pile construction at West CTA following months of enabling work at the site, including the demolition of a connector bridge between Parking Structures 3 and 4 and extensive utility relocations. These CIDH piles will interface with the columns to support and stabilize the guideway and station. Pile size and length varies based on design requirements, with the largest piles at the site measuring up to 11 feet in diameter and 88 feet in length. A total of 127 piles will support the West CTA station. Smaller piles will also be constructed to support the pedestrian bridges, and as pile construction advances, column construction will begin.
Click on the image below to learn more about CIDH pile construction.
“As we kick off foundation work at the West CTA station, the largest of the Automated People Mover stations, the transformation underway at LAX will become even more apparent,” said Sharon Gookin, Project Director at LINXS. “The APM and its stations were mindfully designed to be elegant additions to the Los Angeles skyline, balancing form with function as the system improves circulation in one of the world’s most important transportation hubs.”
CIDH work is now complete at the East CTA station and is nearing completion at the ITF-West, while CIDH work at the ITF-East began in January.
The APM, a 2.25 mile elevated electric train system that will transport travelers in and out of the LAX CTA is the centerpiece of LAWA’s LAMP project. The APM will feature six stations: three stations inside the CTA, which connect to the terminals via elevated pedestrian walkways, and three stations outside the CTA, which will connect to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail transportation and a Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility. Scheduled to open for passenger service in 2023, the APM is expected to relieve congestion within the CTA and in turn the surrounding thoroughfares, thereby reducing emissions and vehicle miles traveled.
For more information about the APM project, including fact sheets, renderings and construction impact notices, and to subscribe to receive email updates, visit FlyLAX.com/ConnectingLAX.
A closer look at construction of the foundations for the West Central Terminal Area Station.
LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.
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, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. 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 was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. 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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