Los Angeles World Airports, which manages and operates Los Angeles’ largest airport, Los Angeles International Airport, is making steps to alleviate the already congested airport by introducing an automated people mover, an elevated railway that will connect passengers to all terminals in the airport with LA Metro; a new long-term parking garage; and a new consolidated rental car facility. This $2.6 billion public/private partnership project is part of the city’s efforts to make the airport more accessible in advance of the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
The design of the APM at LAX will expedite and streamline passenger movement by transporting more than 30 million travelers annually between terminals. Our design for the Intermodal Transit Facility West Station conveys a mid-century aesthetic, and fulfills the client’s desire for a simple, clean, and elegant structure, with strong horizontal elements that complement the existing airport. The station was designed in tandem with the other stations on alignment to maintain an aesthetic consistency. The ITF West Station is intuitive in its circulation to promote the easy flow of passengers from hotel shuttle buses, taxis, and other automotive drop-off to the station and to the LAX long-term parking garage. Additionally, we provided architecture services for the renovations of P2A and P2B garages within the central terminal area.
The scope of the entire project is a 2.25-mile elevated rail line featuring six stations, three within a terminal loop and three outside of LAX terminals; a maintenance and storage facility; and renovations of select existing parking structures. Our design of the ITF West Station features a center platform that is approximately 200 feet long, with vertical circulation access to the platform on both sides, a concourse that connects to pedestrian walkways that bridge the new long-term parking garage with the station, and for the intermodal transit facility stations, a ground floor plaza. We are collaborating with HNTB and HDR to guide design on all transit stations as part of the LAX APM design team.