LAX people mover superstructure now complete

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The LAX people mover is the centerpiece of multi-billion-dollar Landside Access Modernization Program.

Balfour Beatty, part of the LINXS Constructors joint venture, has successfully completed the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) 2.25-mile Automated People Mover (APM) train guideway superstructure (APM) for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

The new APM electric train system will form the centerpiece of LAX’s multi-billion-dollar Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) and will transport passengers in and out of the airport, connecting them to new off-site parking and car-rental facilities, and regional light rail transportation.

Since construction commenced in November 2019, three cast-in-place segmentally constructed bridges have been built and a total of 69,700 cu yd of concrete have been poured.

Having now completed the elevated guideway, the Balfour Beatty Joint Venture will continue to progress project delivery through construction of plinths and six stations, which once complete, will reduce traffic congestion and create reliable access to airline terminals for LAX passengers and airport employees.

Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles said: “The Automated People Mover will be so much more than another way to get to LAX—it’s the piece of the puzzle that will end the congestion that has been plaguing our airport for decades.

“This project is a historic investment in our city’s transportation future, and today’s milestone brings us another step closer to our ultimate goal: bringing modern, reliable public transportation to our airport.”

Mark Konchar, Balfour Beatty Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Rail Operations said: “I applaud the entire LINXS Constructors team for reaching this tremendous milestone during the delivery of LAX’s Automated People Mover’s project. The final concrete pour of the segmental bridge span over Sepulveda Boulevard signifies the remarkable efforts of the entire guideway and segmental team who successfully progresses construction of the APM’s 2.25-mile train guideway.

“With the superstructure fully connected from end to end, the Balfour Beatty team, along with our partners, look forward to continuing our vital work in providing a safe, transformative, and sustainable transportation solution for LAX passengers worldwide.”

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