Three left in race for $5bn Los Angeles Airport transport scheme

Two consortiums bidding for a massive Los Angeles airport transport scheme have dropped out, leaving three still in the race, with British and European firms involved.

The public-private partnership will bring eye-catching mobility measures, including a 3.2-km-long people moving system.

Costed at about $5bn, the Landside Access Modernisation Programme, or Lamp, is one of the largest construction programmes in the city’s history.

Five consortiums entered statements of qualifications in August last year. These were

  • Gateway Connectors: Kiewit Infrastructure with Skanska USA and Meridiam; design by Mott MacDonald and Gannett Fleming
  • LAX Connecting Alliance: OHL USA, Acciona Infraestructuras and Charles Pankow Builders; design by Arup
  • LINXS: led by Fluor Enterprises with Balfour Beatty, Flatiron West, Hochtief, ACS and Dragados USA; design by HDR Engineering and HNTB Corporation
  • LA ConnextPartners: Ferrovial Agroman, Bechtel, Cintra, John Laing and Bombardier; design by Bechtel
  • PWA: led by Plenary Group, Walsh Construction, Aecom, URS, Granite Construction; design by Aecom and TEC Management Consultants.

LA ConextPartners and PWA have since have dropped out of the tender process.

According to officials, 6,000 vehicles every hour try and enter the airport. The scheme involves a number of major elements intended to relieve congestion and delays.

Where the work will be done in the airport’s central terminal area (LAX)

They include a 3.2km-long automated people mover, a consolidated car rental facility, a metro connector station (pictured) and a network of roadway improvements.

The aim is to relieve overcrowding in the terminal area and surrounding streets and make it easier for passengers to get to the airport.

The people mover will be free, operate 24-hours a day with nine trains each holding up to 200 people and their luggage.

The works will include a total of six stations connecting the car rental centre with airport parking and metro facilities.

Construction work on the project is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year, with completion of the first phase, including the people mover and the car-hire centre, due in 2023.

LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world, however it ranks only 98th out of the top 100 for its facilities.

Top image: A rendering of the LAX Metro connector station (Metro)    

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