New Video Showcases LAX People Mover

Screen capture from LAX people mover video
Screen capture from LAX people mover video

This week, LAX released a new fly-through video showing the planned people mover that will connect to the Metro Crenshaw/LAX rail line. The planned $5 billion people mover project, called LAMP (Landside Modernization Access Program), will have six stations: three in the central terminal loop, and the others connecting with Metro, parking, and a consolidated rental car hub.

The new video expands on this earlier LAX video that features more historical context.

For the complete picture, see also the recent Metro Crenshaw/LAX fly-through video. The Crenshaw line is more than two-thirds complete, and expected to open in October 2019.

L.A. World Airports, which operates LAX, is moving forward with its people mover project, including clearing a remaining site by eminent domain. The LAMP project had planned to break ground this year, with construction anticipated to be complete in 2023. That schedule may be changing as the project faces a lawsuit from the operator of the Parking Spot.

  • Jake Bloo

    Thoughts from my wife:

    “Improve terminal congestion as much as 27%” That’s nothing. I thought it was going to relieve 100%. No private cars. Well. That’s awful. Cause they are going to tear it up and everyone is going to bitch for six years. Then it’s not going to be any better. And people will say “why the hell did they waist all that time and money?!” Like the 405

    I mean, is she that wrong?

  • Well…yeah she’s wrong. People movers alleviate the congestion of people parking off-site and taking shuttles. What airport has she ever been to with no private pickups/dropoffs?

  • BH90008

    The difference will be that even if traffic is the same, people will have the option to opt out of driving there and can avoid the traffic entirely. Had the 405 added a metro only lane or dedicated line, it wouldn’t have been a waste. As is, they just added another lane for cars and got no benefit.

  • Jake Bloo

    The idea would be to move the private cars outside of the loop, which I agree would be better. And have everyone go to a central drop off point, instead of the loops with other shuttle traffic.

  • Would that be effective? Seams like you’d just move the congestion from one place to another, while adding a step in getting a person to the terminal… And the loop would be used for what?

  • Patrick Jackson

    You could build over the loop, linking terminals 3/4, 2/5, 1/6, etc., creating an Atlanta-esque layout.

  • Mark Frank

    According to an LA Times article that quoted an MTA study of this proposed project, only .7% of the people that use LAX will use this people mover. That’s right, POINT seven percent.

  • All the rental car center users will be switched using it so I can’t see where that figure can be correct

  • Ray

    No, she’s not.
    This people mover will shift 4 sets of people. 1) Rental car users who now take a rental car shuttle. 2) Lot C users who now take the Lot C shuttle. 3) Transit users who now take the Lot C or Green Line shuttle. 4) Inter-terminal users who now take the inter-terminal shuttle.
    So, we will see the following vehicles removed: Rental-car shuttles and LAX facilities shuttles. What will stay are: private vehicles, hotel shuttles, flyaway shuttles, super shuttles, taxis, and ubers. The percentage of removed vehicles is probably less than 1%.
    The only way to truly reduce the congestion within LAX (there’s really not much outside the terminal area, it’s just backed up congestion that spills outside the airport) is to create a congestion fee for driving into the terminal area.
    This would lead to either more people walking in or having to get on the people-mover. Of course, now the congestion will shift to the people-mover station, which isn’t designed at all to handle the amount of vehicles that the central terminal area is designed to handle.

  • kevd

    JFK has a ridiculously under-utilized “kiss and fly” stop OUTSIDE the terminal loop (at long term parking).
    The AirTrain is free from there, and is a great way to drop off and pick up passengers and is often quicker and less stressful for both passengers and picker-uppers. Hopefully something like that would be in the works for LAX’s (far better) people mover.

  • Mark Darius Frank

    Once people see what they are going to pay for a rental car, they will be renting cars from companies in El Segundo and Inglewood. Especially when those competitors will offer free pick or a free Uber ride to their location. The rental car buses are a small percentage of traffic in the CTA, and rental car customers don’t drive in the CTA to return their car as it is.