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Los Angeles Times said:
Light rail plan for Los Angeles International Airport advances
Airport agency and Metro, formerly with competing visions, get together on four possible light rail station sites at LAX.
By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2012, 2:16 a.m.

Plans to build a light rail connection to Los Angeles International Airport advanced Monday with the unveiling of four potential station sites that would link to a people mover serving passenger terminals.

The most expensive options are two underground station designs inside the central terminal area, west of Sepulveda Boulevard.

Another proposal calls for a station to be incorporated into a planned transportation center adjacent to Parking Lot C, near the northeast edge of the airport. The facility would serve light rail trains, buses, taxis, ride-share vans and charter vehicles.

The fourth possibility is to put a station about a mile east of LAX at Aviation and Century boulevards at Manchester Square, where a consolidated car rental facility and additional airport parking are planned.
Read More: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-light-rail-20121218,0,7377861.story
 

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Curbed LA said:
LAX Could Have a Subway Stop Connecting to Metro By 2020
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, by Neal Broverman

it sounds like Metro and LAWA want to build another station, possibly closer to the airport, and have the people mover shoot off from there. They've narrowed the options down to four:

-- Two options for subterranean stations inside the central terminal area, west of Sepulveda Boulevard (a small people mover would still be necessary to take people around the airport).
-- Another option includes a station serving as the epicenter of a giant transportation center near Parking Lot C, with buses, trains, vans, and cabs nearby.
-- A station could also be built "about a mile east of LAX at Aviation and Century boulevards at Manchester Square, where a consolidated car rental facility and additional airport parking are planned."

Metro will contribute a little over a billion for the project, with LAWA hopefully picking up the rest. There is a lot of momentum to get this project done and the hope is that it's in operation by 2020.
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/12/lax_could_have_a_subway_stop_connecting_to_metro_by_2020.php
 

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Curbed LA said:


New LAX Plan Lays Out Details For Airport People Mover
Monday, February 11, 2013, by Eve Bachrach

the approved plan calls for a people mover to run from Manchester Square along an elevated guideway, mostly along 98th Street, to the central terminal area, where it will travel on a path between the terminal buildings and parking garages. Let's take a look at the planned stops:

Consolidated rental car facility: the people mover will start at a consolidated rental car and parking facility at Manchester Square east of Aviation Boulevard, about a mile east of the airport.

Metro light rail station: The second stop would be at the planned Crenshaw Line station at or near Aviation and Century Boulevards.

Intermodal transportation facility: the last stop outside the airport proper would be at this planned passenger pick-up/drop-off spot to be built between 96th and 98th Streets at Airport Boulevard. The facility would be used by private cars, door-to-door shuttles, and buses.

Terminal area: After crossing a bridge over Sepulveda Boulevard, the people mover would make 3 to 5 stops around the central terminal area.
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/new_lax_plan_lays_out_details_for_airport_people_mover.php
 

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Los Angeles Times said:
After 20 years of talk, Crenshaw/LAX rail line gets green light
Metro OKs a $2-billion contract to build a light-rail line through South Los Angeles to the airport.
By Laura J. Nelson
June 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

After some last-minute fiscal reshuffling, transportation officials gave a green light to the proposed Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line on Thursday, capping years of controversy over the train's route through South Los Angeles.

The board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority unanimously approved the Crenshaw Line's $2.06-billion budget, the largest in the agency's history, and awarded the joint project contract to Walsh Construction and J.F. Shea Co.

The 8.5-mile line will connect the Expo Line to the Green Line. It's partially funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax Los Angeles County voters passed in 2008. When major construction begins next year, the Crenshaw Line will be one of five significant rail projects simultaneously under construction in the county. It's expected to open in 2019.

"What you have here is a regional, rational and equitable transportation plan," Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. The line will reduce congestion and air pollution and increase jobs along Crenshaw Boulevard, he said.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-metro-rails-20130628,0,3659613.story
 

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This shows one of the difficulties of airport-rail connections-- having to deal with two separate public agencies and their competing budgets and priorities. A Century Blvd station, connected by a people-mover could have advantages despite the 1.5 mile distance from LAX.

First, a station directly at the terminal limits the potential for the airport station to serve as a catalyst for development because you have the terminal and airport infrastructure (runways, taxiways, gates) right there. A Century Blvd station at Lot C, on the other hand, can be used to encourage transit-oriented development. LAWA and LA MTA can encourage development of hotels, offices, etc next to the station and collect rents/leases from this, helping to offset the construction costs.

Second, the area around LAX is already a fairly dense employment center. A Century Blvd station might be located farther from the LAX passengers but closer to the tens of thousands of employees who work around LAX.
 

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Patch.com said:
Garcetti to Lobby for People Mover, Mass Transit at LAX in DC
The mayor is also talking with transportation secretary about bringing mass transit to the airport.
Posted by Alexander Nguyen , October 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Mayor Eric Garcetti will travel to Washington, D.C., next week to lobby in favor of a people-mover and other transit improvements at Los Angeles International Airport.

Garcetti told KNX radio he expects to meet with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday to detail his transportation plans and "to look at ways that we can bring mass transit into the airport."

"We'll probably have a people-mover, is what we're looking at. We can probably do this in six years. I know that seems like a long time, but around here it's not. We might even be able to accelerate that," he said.

A planned Crenshaw Line connecting the Expo and Green rail lines will run near LAX, but it will not stop directly at the airport. The existing Green Line stops 2.5 miles away from the airport.
http://venice.patch.com/groups/poli...by-for-poeple-mover-mass-transit-at-lax-in-dc
 

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Curbed LA said:
One-Seat Rides to LAX Coming To SaMo, Hollywood, Torrance
Thursday, December 5, 2013, by Neal Broverman

Any kind of rail connection to LAX is still a distant dream, but there are four new FlyAway bus stops coming to relieve some of the pain of getting to the airport. Los Angeles World Airports, the operators of LAX, announced they're launching new stops in Santa Monica (in the summer), Hollywood (fall 2014), somewhere along the Orange Line in the Valley (late 2014), and in Torrance (mid-2015). LAWA--which already operates FlyAways from Van Nuys, Union Station, Westwood, Irvine, and the Expo Line--is obligated to run nine routes thanks to a court settlement related to its expansion plans.
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/12/oneseat_rides_to_lax_from_samo_hollywood_torrance_coming.php
 

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LAX said:
CENTRAL TERMINAL AREA OF LAX TO GET MUCH NEEDED FACELIFT

These visual enhancements are currently on display at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, with the remaining CTA set to begin its transformation in Spring 2014. This much needed facelift to the city’s gateway to the world will include aesthetic improvements to the terminal area including: the installation of custom-made art deco LED light poles similar to the lighting provided by the LAX’s signature pylons; sleek, metallic silver canopies in front of Terminals 3 and 4 evoking the golden age of aviation; and a programmable LED light band running the length of the CTA and covering a portion of the outside upper roadway, which can play programed video graphics and display light shows, offering a world-class welcome to travelers and visitors alike.

For traffic functionality and safety enhancement, the Curbside Appeal Project will also involve retrofitting the second level roadway by removing and replacing expansion joint seals, repairing hinges, replacing the barrier rail, traffic signal work, deck drainage improvements and roadway striping, bearing pad replacements and traffic control signage. The World Way South/Center Way Traffic Improvements will create an additional lane from the World Way South transition to southbound Sepulveda Blvd., along with traffic signal upgrades and other related traffic flow defining measures throughout the entire CTA.

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014 and complete in 2015.
http://www.lawa.org/newsContent.aspx?ID=1818
 

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LA Times said:
Officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for the $2.06-billion north-south Crenshaw Line that will connect the Mid-City Expo Line with the South Bay's Green Line.

"This is a day that Angelenos deserve, a great day for L.A., a day to move America forward," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

The Department of Transportation also announced Tuesday that the project would receive a $545.9-million loan. The project also is expected to receive about $130 million in other federal transportation funds, according to a statement.

"This is a partnership -- a local, state and federal partnership," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-crenshaw-line-groundbreaking-20140121,0,1889081.story
 

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LA Times said:
Garcetti calls on residents to help build 'Los Angeles of tomorrow'
Mayor Eric Garcetti delivers his first State of the City address in the Wallis Annenberg Building of the California Science Center at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / April 10, 2014)
By Emily Alpert Reyes
April 10, 2014, 6:10 p.m.

Striking a "back to basics" theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti concluded his first State of the City address by challenging residents to help build "the Los Angeles of tomorrow."

"I stand before you today to say that the state of our city is strong, but is in need of fundamental reform," he said.

In a 45-minute appearance at the California Science Center, Garcetti said he would keep the Department of Water and Power from raising rates this year, foster jobs by starting to phase out the city's business tax, reform the Fire Department and make "great streets" out of 15 city byways from the San Fernando Valley to San Pedro.

He also vowed to bring a rail transit connection to Los Angeles International Airport. "Let me be clear: We are going to bring rail to LAX and we will settle for nothing less."

The annual address came one day after a prominent commission delivered its own batch of recommendations for fixing the city, warning that without action Los Angeles could become "a city left behind in the 21st century."

The speech is being closely watched as a bellwether of what is ahead for the mayor, a soapbox for a man who promised to “listen, then lead.”

Garcetti said his budget will eliminate a $242-million shortfall. That gap threatens to undercut efforts to improve municipal services, fix broken streets and possibly slow his push to improve L.A.’s business climate -- a major focus of his inaugural address last year.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-garcetti-speech-20140410,0,6862978.story
 

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Los Angeles World Airports is finally getting its act together in getting rail service to LAX, and it'll most likely take the form of a people mover taking off from the Crenshaw Line's Aviation/Century station. LAWA is nailing down the logistics now, according to the LA Times's Laura Nelson, who's tweeting from today's Board of Airport Commissioner's meeting. The PM will likely "cut between 96th and Arbor Vitae streets" and will include either a "Spine" option (two stops at LAX and a cost between $1.5 and 2 billion) or a "Scissor" option (four stops, cost between $2 and 2.5 million), LAWA officials are saying. The former would require people walk 700 feet from the the PM station to their terminal doors, likely aided by pedestrian bridges. The "Scissor" would obviously have shorter walks. Both options would require trains to back in and out of the airport, since LAX's layout is too constrictive to allow a loop (though Metro, which is also studying a PM, doesn't seem to think so). The PM will have a stop at a transit hub between the Crenshaw Line and LAX; Nelson tweets that it will allow people to park, walk in, and greet arriving visitors.
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/here_are_laxs_two_plans_for_an_airport_people_mover.php
 

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LA Times said:
Report urges new light-rail station, circulator train for LAX travel

In a slight advancement of the decades-long debate over how to bring rail to Los Angeles International Airport, transportation officials Monday voiced their support for a project they said could solve one of Southern California’s most vexing and infamous planning dilemmas.

In a report made public Monday, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff members called for a $1.7-billion project that would include a train and a new light-rail station 1.5 miles to the east of LAX’s passenger terminals.

The $200-million station at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard would connect to the Green Line, the Crenshaw Line and a so-called "people-mover," which would likely resemble San Francisco International Airport's circulator train. Although airport officials have not finalized a route, the circulator train could connect Metro rail to a consolidated rental car facility, a planned ground transportation hub and LAX's passenger terminals.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-metro-lax-people-mover-20140616-story.html
 

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LAX to expand FlyAway bus service to Santa Monica and Hollywood
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-trb-flywaway-bus-expansion-20140618-story.html
Interesting! LAX to DT, Hollywood, Westwood, SaMo, the Expo at La Brea, and Van Nuys. Your luggage safely stowed away; no dragging, unloading, looking for stations and getting the right train, etc. $8.

Something that makes huge sense. There isn't a world in which this service doesn't outperform the Crenshaw and Green "loop, shuttle, 3rd stop, change trains, drag the luggage, keep your eye on it, where are the kids, didn't we have 5 pieces?, oh shit more stairs" MTA line 10 to 1, even after Crenshaw reaches Hollywood in 2035 or so.

MTA claims that rail will carry 1-2 percent after all the subways are done, which means what really? 1/2 of a percent in 2040?
 

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It's not so much "this vs that"... mostly just additional options to choose from.

Personally, I would use train more often since I mostly travel light and solo when flying. Especially since I live near 3 rail stations along Purple/Red.

FlyAway wouldn't work for me because I live between all of it's destinations and would have to pay an additional $6.50 (minimum) and sit in traffic much longer after landing back here. So eliminating the rail options won't help. At least it adds to locals' mentality of using more public transit (which is the goal anyway).

FlyAway would work perfect for someone who lives exactly at those mentioned destinations and doesn't have to transfer to bus, rail, or even taxi.

Speaking of FlyAway's destinations, they should really add USC to its service since they already offer to Westwood for UCLA students. Also, USC is on the way to Union Station anyway.
 

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TRAIN STATION CONNECTS RAIL TO L A X

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Los Angeles County transportation officials Thursday approved a new train station intended to provide a rail connection to Los Angeles International Airport, capping decades of discussion and complaints over one of Southern California's most infamous planning problems..

In a unanimous vote, the county's Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors agreed to proceed with further study of a proposed $200-million light-rail station a mile and a half east of LAX's central terminal area. The station would connect Metro's Crenshaw Line, now being built, to a proposed aerial, monorail-like system that will carry passengers to their terminals.

The added station, at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard, would be less than a half-mile north of another planned Crenshaw Line stop at Century and Aviation boulevards. Officials say the new station will serve as a link to a people-mover system expected to connect a consolidated car-rental facility, a planned ground transportation hub and the LAX terminal area.

The board, on a motion proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Council member Mike Bonin and Los Angeles County Supervisors Don Knabe and Mark Ridley-Thomas, directed Metro staff to develop plans for the station.

Officials said the station will speed up airport access for travelers and should include check-in counters, flight information boards, vendors and currency exchange locations. The board also asked transit officials to review baggage check facilities at similar airport transportation centers in other cities and determine whether that service could be added.

"This is a historic day for our city, because we're finally on the way to bringing rail to LAX," said Garcetti, who is the vice-chair of the Metro board. "We'll be able to fix a historic mistake of our past."

The 96th Street station will need to go through design, environmental review and cost analysis before its construction can begin.

Finally, progress on this issue. is it perfect? of course not. but it may be the best we can expect from our politicians at this time. Perhaps in the future, so distant future, there may be a monorail line connection to the Green Line.

Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that governs LAX, expects to finalize and approve designs for the people-mover system in December. The service could start operating as early as 2022, according to agency projections.

Bryan Pennington, Metro's executive director of engineering and construction, said the added station shouldn't delay the opening of the Crenshaw Line, scheduled for 2019.

Metro staff have said the new station could cost $200 million. But additions such as ticketing and concessions would increase that cost. About $330 million in funding for project is included in Measure R, the half-cent transportation sales tax county voters approved five years ago.

The city's airport department will pay for the connecting people-mover loop into the terminal area, currently projected to cost about $1.5 billion.

Today, passengers and airport employees who take rail to the airport exit at the Metro Green Line's Aviation/LAX station south of the airport and transfer to shuttle buses.

"We’ve made more progress in the last 12 months than probably in the last 25 years," Metro CEO Art Leahy said during the board's meeting.


LAURA J. NELSON​
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Rail Connection to LAX Will Open By 2024 With Six Stops

The long-fuzzy plan to finally build a rail connection to LAX is starting to come into focus—we now have a construction schedule for the automatic people mover that will link Metro to the airport, and a decision on how many stops it'll have inside the airport (three, more on that in a minute). Officials from Los Angeles World Airports, which runs LAX, gave the Metro board an update on the project yesterday, and promised to be finished with the people mover by 2024, when Los Angeles is hoping to host the summer Olympics (the city's improved public transit is central to its bid, which was just submitted to the US Committee). They plan to start environmental studies at the beginning of 2015 and break ground in 2017 or 2018, with five to seven years for construction.

The people mover will connect to a recently-added Ninety-Sixth Street station on the under-construction Crenshaw Line, which is expected to open in 2019. From there it will travel east to a forthcoming rental car facility, and west to an also-forthcoming Intermodal Transportation Facility with parking, shuttle buses, and pick-up/drop-off areas, then to three stations inside LAX. The Source reports that one station will serve Terminals 1, 6, and 7; one for 5 and 6; and one for Tom Bradley International, 3, and 4. The project will also include new moving sidewalks to move passengers between the people mover and the terminals.
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/12/rail_connection_to_lax_will_open_by_2024_with_six_stops.php
 
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