Yesterday, I shared details about the new “Automated People Mover” (trains) coming to Los Angeles by 2023.
This project will make public transportation more accessible at LAX as well as eliminate some of the pollution that perpetually hangs over the terminal area like a lingering cough. Most importantly, however, this project will alleviate the aggravating congestion that routinely adds an extra 10-15 of travel time from the entrance of the airport to the exit.
After sharing my post yesterday, a representative from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) sent me some additional renderings of the new project, which I want to share with you.
images courtesy of LAWA
A Question I Still Have
One reader pointed out yesterday that, for example, getting from one end of Terminal 8 to the nearest People Mover station represents an approximately half mile walk, considering a passenger will have to proceed downstairs to baggage claim then back up to the station.
Another complained that the lack of rail system on the secure side will make walking from one side of the airport to the other a herculean task if a passenger wants to stay on the secure side.
I’m not arguing with either statement. These are still problems and will remain problems. But this was not what the People Mover project is intended to address.
Perhaps a future phase of the project will add more moving walkways and trains on the secure side. Still, this current project is hardly a waste just because it does not remedy every structural problem at LAX.
I do have one question, though. Perhaps fear is a better word. With construction slated to take several years, will LAX traffic become even more horrible or will work be done in a way that minimizes impact on the overcrowding issue? We’ll soon found out…
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