Los Angeles Airport announces $5 billion PPP procurement program

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Los Angeles Airport announces $5 billion PPP procurement program

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The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has announced plans to deliver a world-class transportation system to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) through the estimated US$5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), that will use the PPP model.

The centerpiece of LAMP will be an Automated People Mover (APM) that will connect the Central Terminal Area (CTA) with a new Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility (CONRAC), with stops in between at new airport parking facilities and a station connecting to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) regional transit system.

LAMP will further transform LAX into a world-class airport by relieving traffic congestion within the terminal area and on surrounding streets, by improving access options and the travel experience for passengers, and by providing a connection to Metro's light-rail system.

  • The APM, which will be free of charge to all users, will consist of an elevated 2.25-mile-long guideway with six stations, pedestrian bridges to airport terminals, parking garages and fixed facilities.
  • The CONRAC will accommodate rental car agencies currently serving LAX at one convenient location adjacent to Interstate 405 San Diego Freeway.

Additional elements of LAMP include two Intermodal Transportation Facilities (east and west), as well as roadway improvements to enhance access to the proposed facilities. LAWA has initiated the environmental review and clearance process for LAMP, and is collaborating with key agency and community stakeholders throughout the process.

After evaluating several different delivery methods, LAWA determined that the design, build, finance, operate, and maintain (DBFOM) method is best suited to deliver at least two elements of LAMP: the APM and CONRAC. Proposed construction duration of the APM and CONRAC will be from 2017 to 2023. The Board will determine the delivery methods for the other elements of LAMP at a later date.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tasked Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city department that owns and operates LAX and two other Southern California airports, with delivering LAMP no later than 2023, while controlling capital costs, minimizing construction impacts on existing LAX operations, and cultivating opportunities for small and local businesses. Mayor Garcetti stated:

"We are one step closer to bringing rail to LAX and making it easier to get in and out of the airport -- all while easing traffic in the surrounding neighborhoods. This $5-billion project adds to the continuous effort to transform LAX into the world-class airport Los Angeles deserves, and this strategy to deliver the automated train and rental car center will help us finish these projects on time and on budget."

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