Los Angeles World Airports Announces LINXS as Recommended Developer of LAX Automated People Mover

LINXS on track for approval to design, build, finance, operate and maintain APM

Automated People Mover (APM) and Theme Building at LAX | Rendering courtesy of LAWA
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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) has approved LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) as the Recommended Developer and has initiated the first agreement between the parties. The agreement with LINXS sets in motion the path towards full contract approval by BOAC and the Los Angeles City Council in April 2018 to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Automated People Mover (APM) at LAX.

LINXS' proposal had the highest technical score and the lowest cost proposal of the three teams that participated in the procurement process. LAWA will present a 30-year contract valued at approximately $4.5 billion to the BOAC and City Council for approval. The contract includes milestone payments for the design and construction phases, as well as authorizes future payments for operating and maintaining the APM for the contract period.

“Los Angeles relies on LAX to power our economy forward — that’s why we’re making historic investments to ensure it remains one of the most passenger-friendly airports in the world,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Today’s recommendation brings us one step closer to a people mover that will provide Angelenos and travelers from everywhere with reliable, convenient transportation to and from the terminals.”

"LINXS presented a superior technical proposal for a project that is both innovative and iconic and will also relieve traffic congestion, which furthers our goal of continually improving the experience for our guests," said Sean Burton, President of BOAC.

Aerial view of Automated People Mover (APM) at LAX
Aerial view of Automated People Mover (APM) at LAX | Rendering courtesy of LAWA

“LAX is taking a major step towards our vision of a Gold Standard Airport with our selection of LINXS as the Recommended Developer for the Automated People Mover,” said Deborah Flint, CEO of LAWA. “We were impressed by their ideas on mitigating traffic during construction, their commitment to hiring local workers, and their focus on sustainability throughout the project. We want to get those shovels in the ground so we can continue to create a world-class airport worthy of our world-class city."

Flint added, “We appreciate the strong competition and participation by the other teams. Their engagement strengthened the process and the City of Los Angeles will have an even better project as a result.”

BOAC approved an Early Works Agreement with LINXS, valued at up to $42M, which will allow pre-construction activities such as hiring, soil testing, engineering, and furthering design of the APM. The contract approval is important to maintain schedule to complete the project in 2023.

"This is a giant leap for the evolution of LAX and public transportation in Los Angeles," said Joe Buscaino, L.A. City Councilmember and Chairman of the Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee. "The People Mover will make arriving and departing from LAX faster and smoother than ever before, creating a much more welcoming environment. The investment in the public infrastructure project will provide a huge economic boost to our city, becoming a source of great paying local jobs."

As part of their proposal, LINXS committed to delivering an environmentally friendly project. Landscape will be drought tolerant using California native plants, construction of the maintenance facility will achieve at least LEED Silver certification and they have committed to the use of more solar power than what was required.

LAX APM trains manufactured by Bombardier Transportation
LAX APM trains manufactured by Bombardier Transportation | Rendering courtesy of LAWA

LINXS' team members have extensive experience building and operating APMs domestically and internationally. LINXS' rail provider, Bombardier Transportation, has been involved in operating numerous APM systems in the U.S. as well as APM systems in Dubai, Heathrow and Munich. LINXS is comprised of firms that have a history of involvement in significant infrastructure projects in Los Angeles and around the country. These projects have helped drive economic development and deliver significant benefits to the local communities. LINXS has committed to partner with LAWA in developing opportunities for local small businesses, creation of good-paying career jobs and fostering economic growth.

ITF East at LAX
ITF East | Rendering courtesy of LAWA

Convenience, reliability and easy accessibility are key elements of the user experience and are integral requirements for the APM. Trains will arrive every two minutes, have wide doors for easy access with luggage, large windows for viewing, plenty of hand holds and seats for those in need. Station platforms are open air, light-filled and have escalators, elevators, and moving walkways for quick, convenient access to the terminals.

LAX APM Guideway over Century Boulevard
LAX APM Guideway over Century Boulevard | Rendering courtesy of LAWA

Architectural features include a viewing platform of the iconic Theme Building, an Experience LA center with an 800 square foot. LED programmable screen and an LED light band that accents the 2.25 mile guideway. LAWA anticipates that the APM will offer a maximum ridership capacity of 10,000 passengers per hour and up to 87.7 million passengers per year. The system will be operational in 2023.

"The APM will relieve congestion and reduce emissions in and around LAX, and make traveling through our airport easier and more convenient,” said Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin. “It is a critical piece of our strategy to finally connect Metro rail to LAX, and will help transform this into a world-class airport that’s also a first-class neighbor.”

The APM will be built using a Public-Private Partnership (P3) contracting model. LINXS will be designing and constructing the system and will also be responsible for operating and maintaining the train and stations for a 30-year period. This incentivizes the construction and operating systems to be built to last.

ITF West Plaza at LAX
ITF West Plaza at LAX | Rendering courtesy of LAWA

The APM is the centerpiece of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which also includes a Consolidated Rent-a-Car (ConRAC) facility, Intermodal Transportation Facility-West, and associated roadway improvements. The APM will reduce vehicle congestion in the terminal loop, provide a connection with L.A. Metro's regional transportation system, create new and convenient locations for passenger pick-up and drop-off outside of the terminal loop, reduce emissions, and provide reliable access to the terminals.

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