Project Update

On Thursday, July 23rd, the Metro Board of Directors awarded Gruen Associates with an architectural and engineering contract to design the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) transit station. Full details regarding this Board Agenda Item #26 can be found here.

Metro continues to work on the environmental clearance of the transit station and is working with LAWA staff on their separate and independent environmental effort for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Landside Access Modernization Program including the Automated People Mover, that is on a parallel schedule. Currently, baseline information is being gathered. As the environmental process continues, please continue to visit this website frequently to learn more about this project.

Thank you for your interest in the AMC project!

Overview

Metro is planning a new transit station that will connect the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the regional rail system.
Once complete, the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) Transit Station (near Aviation Blvd/96th St) will provide a connection to a future Automated People Mover (APM) to be built and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).  In June 2014, the Metro Board of Directors approved adding a station to the Crenshaw/LAX Line (currently under construction) at Aviation Blvd/96th St that will serve as a transit “Gateway” to LAX. The AMC Transit Station is envisioned to include the following basic components:

  • Light Rail Transit (LRT) station to be served by the Metro Green and Crenshaw/LAX Lines;
  • Bus plaza for Metro and municipal buses;
  • Passenger pick up, drop off, pedestrian, and bicycle amenities; and
  • Enclosed transit center/terminal building that connects Metro’s transit station with LAWA’s APM station.

LAWA’s APM will be an elevated line on a dedicated right-of-way with three stations currently planned within the Central Terminal Area (CTA). Three additional stations are also planned to be located outside the CTA at LAWA’s proposed Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF), Metro’s AMC Transit Station and LAWA’s Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC). Passengers, visitors, airport employees and others will be able to transfer quickly and easily from the at-grade Metro Transit Station to the elevated APM. LAWA will lead the environmental review for the APM, while Metro will conduct the environmental review for the AMC Transit Station.
This type of “Rail to APM” connection can be found at other airports around the country including: San Francisco, Oakland, New York (John F. Kennedy), Newark, Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Phoenix.
The Metro Green and Crenshaw/LAX Lines will also serve a station at Aviation/Century that will connect transit patrons with destinations along the busy Century Blvd corridor.
Metro and LAWA will continue to coordinate and collaborate throughout the environmental review process to design an effective connection.

Improving the connection between LAX and Metro’s regional rail system is a key priority. Metro is beginning formal environmental review for the AMC Transit Station (near Aviation Blvd/96th St) and continuing to coordinate with LAWA as they plan the APM. Throughout the review process for the AMC Transit Station, there will be opportunities for you to provide your comments, and we encourage your feedback.

Help us plan the AMC Transit Station. We want to hear about your vision for creating a station that:

  • Offers a quick, convenient option to connect to the airport using mass transit
  • Connects to the larger regional transportation network
  • Provides a world-class passenger experience

The AMC Transit Station can be the new transit “Gateway” to LAX for transit riders. Tell us what you think are the most important design elements and amenities for the station. We welcome your thoughts and ideas and look forward to hearing from you.

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