Metro is planning a new transit station that will connect the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the regional transit 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:
- Three at-grade Light Rail Transit (LRT) platforms to be served by the Crenshaw/LAX Line and an extension of the Metro Green Line
- Bus plaza and terminal facility for Metro and municipal bus operators
- Bicycle hub with secured parking
- Pedestrian plaza
- Passenger vehicle pick-up and drop-off area
- Metro transit center/terminal building (“Metro Hub”) that connects passengers between the various modes of transportation
LAWA’s APM is anticipated to 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 is leading the environmental review for the APM, while Metro is completing 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 have continued 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. The Metro Board of Directors voted to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the project on January 26, 2017. With the conclusion of the environmental clearance process, the project will move into the design and pre-construction phases.
During this next phase for the AMC station, the public will be invited to provide feedback about the most important design elements and amenities for the station. At this time, Metro would again welcome your thoughts and ideas as we move forward into this next phase.
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 is envisioned to be the new transit “Gateway” to LAX for transit riders that will be served by both the Metro Green and Crenshaw/LAX Lines. 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.
To continue to learn more about the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station project, please continue to explore this Metro website.
To learn more about LAWA’s APM and other LAWA-related improvement projects, please visit the LAWA website at: http://connectinglax.com