LAX plans ambitious ground transportation projects; Read the report

Hello Transportation Nerds.

You’ll be pleased to know a consultant hired by Los Angeles International Airport gave a 100-page presentation to airport officials on Monday. The presentation covered a bunch of plans favored by new Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. They include construction of a consolidated rental car facility as well as an integrated transportation center that likely would connect, in some manner, to Metro trains. (Yes, rail eventually should eventually connect to LAX.) Both projects would be built to the east of the Central Terminal Area. From those facilities, passengers would board an automated people mover for the final journey to the terminals.

These projects are still in their initial stages, and it’s not clear when they will be built or how, or who will pay for them. But in this report, you can view all the issues that airport officials are wrestling with. City leaders are downright giddy about these plans. In part, that it is because it would almost certainly alleviate traffic in the Central Terminal Area.

One concern is how the automated people mover will flow through the terminal area.

One option — the Scissors Alignment — is listed below. According to the report, this option would take 7-9 year to build, cost $2-2.5 billion and take 8-10 minutes for the journey from the transportation center to the terminals.

Scissor Alignment

Another option is what’s called the Spine Alignment. It would take 5-7 years to construct, cost $1.5-2 billion, and take 9-11 minutes for the journey from the transportation center to terminals.

Spine allignment

You can read the full report below. Enjoy!

BOAC Briefing 2014-05-04

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