The ongoing modernization program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) continues with a $1.95-billion automated people-mover system, being developed under a public-private design-build-finance-operate-maintain partnership by LAX Integrated Express Solutions. Lead design firm HDR is overseeing engineering of the system’s fixed facilities, including 2.25 miles of elevated guideway and five stations with associated elevators and escalators. Technical design innovations include engineering the guideway around two existing parking structures, eliminating the need to demolish and rebuild them. A new maintenance and storage facility for the system’s electric trains will be placed at ground level to reduce construction time and cost and simplify future facility expansion. Design of other improvements, including elevated passenger-moving walkway structures to connect stations and terminals, as well as roadways, drainage, traffic signage, signals and lighting is also underway. Major construction begins next year, with the people mover scheduled to begin operation in 2023.
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