The two agencies that need to work together to make a rail connection to LAX happen are playing nice--Metro, which is building the Crenshaw Line light rail and its LAX-adjacent station, is collaborating with Los Angeles World Airports, the airport's owner, on concepts to shuttle travelers and employees to terminals. While Metro decides whether to bring the light rail directly to the terminals or let people connect from the Crenshaw/Green Line's Century/Aviation station via an elevated people mover, LAWA's project manager says a people mover will happen either way, the Architect's Newspaper reports (even if light rail went to the middle of the airport, a people mover would still be necessary since LAX is so big).
Practicality suggests a people mover starting from Century/Aviation, running along 98th Street with stops at a consolidated rental car facility and an intermodal transportation facility--getting light rail directly to LAX would require that many Green and Crenshaw Line trains be routed directly to the airport, which would lower the frequency of trains to Redondo Beach, Norwalk, and the Expo Line. But until Metro releases its alternatives analysis report this summer, Roderick Diaz, the agency's project manager on the connector, says "We will continue to evaluate all alternatives and combinations of alternatives to determine the best course of investment for Metro. There's some good cooperation going on [with LAWA]."
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