There was huge people mover
news, too. (It was revealed late last year that Metro and Los Angeles World Airports are finally working on a plan that would hook up a new LAX transit system to the Metro system
.) Pinch yourself: the approved plan calls for a people mover to run from Manchester Square along an elevated guideway
, mostly along 98th Street, to the central terminal area, where it will travel on a path between the terminal buildings and parking garages. Let's take a look at the planned stops: Consolidated rental car facility:
the people mover will start at a consolidated rental car and parking facility at Manchester Square east of Aviation Boulevard, about a mile east of the airport. Metro light rail station:
The second stop would be at the planned Crenshaw Line station at or near Aviation and Century Boulevards. Intermodal transportation facility:
the last stop outside the airport proper would be at this planned passenger pick-up/drop-off spot to be built between 96th and 98th Streets at Airport Boulevard. The facility would be used by private cars, door-to-door shuttles, and buses.
After crossing a bridge over Sepulveda Boulevard, the people mover would make 3 to 5 stops around the central terminal area.
The elevated guideway would require pilings as high as 20 feet, which, in the terminal area, would block views of the Theme Building
. The exact path of the people mover has not been determined, but the plans will aim to keep the views unobstructed where possible. The plans also call for a portion of Lincoln Boulevard to be located "below grade and/or tunneled" and for the discontinuation of the LAX shuttle from the Green Line. Long-term parking at Lot C would continue as it is, and possibly even gain some space if the current bus facility is relocated to the intermodal transportation facility.