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12/19/2014



Rail News: Passenger Rail

L.A. airport board's $4 billion modernization plan features new rail link


The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners yesterday approved a $4 billion project that will include construction of an automated train system to link Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (LACMTA) planned Crenshaw Line station at 96th Street/Aviation Boulevard.

The board's action sets the groundwork for the LAX Landside Access Modernization Program to begin the environmental review process in January 2015. Construction is expected to begin in 2017, Los Angeles officials said in a press release.

The plan is designed to relieve congestion in the central terminal area as well as on local streets in the airport area. The automated train system will feature three stations n the central terminal area.

"The LAX train will also improve our local economy as part of our airport modernization program that will create 40,000 jobs, remodel terminals and dramatically upgrade the passenger experience at LAX," said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who chairs LACMTA's board.



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