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Metro rail connection to LAX clears key hurdle

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Moving toward construction in 2018/2019

Plans to build a transit station to link Metro rail with LAX took a big step forward today, says The Source. Metro’s Board of Directors approved the final environmental study for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station, which will serve trains along the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Green Line. It will also be the main transfer point for the future LAX people mover train, which will ferry passengers between the rail station and the airport’s terminals.

LAMP People Mover
A rendering of the future people mover at LAX.
Connecting LAX

The station will also have bus bays served by Metro and other bus lines, a bike hub with parking for over 100 bikes, designated pick-up and drop-off zones, and a pedestrian plaza, according to earlier reports.

Plans for the 96th Street station, named such because it will be built at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street, now move to the design phase.

According to The Source, the 96th Street station is expected to break ground in the 2018-2019 fiscal year and be completed between 2021 and 2023. Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX and is building the people mover, is trying to have the people mover done by 2023, so that it can be used if the city is picked to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Rendering of the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station
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