LAX breaks ground on new passenger transportation facilities

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has begun work on its Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITF East/West), designed to be the main connection point for passengers arriving by public transport.

A key component of the LAX Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), work on the project officially began following a groundbreaking ceremony involving the city’s mayor Eric Garcetti, alongside Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials.

“Today’s groundbreaking is an important milestone in our work to build the world-class airport travelers expect and deserve,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Once complete, the ITF-West will stand as a new front door to our airport welcoming travelers, reducing traffic congestion, and offering a seamless connection with the upcoming Automated People Mover.”

The ITF-West, located between Westchester Parkway and 96th Street, is set to be the first of LAX’s modernisation projects to be completed, to be opened in 2021.

The site will be four stories tall and provide sorely needed parking space – approximately 4,500 spaces – to an airport ranked as the fourth busiest in the world.

A focus on sustainability in construction will see energy saving lighting installed, electric vehicle charging stations, recycled water and drought tolerant landscaping.

“With tourism to Los Angeles at an all-time high, the continuing modernization of LAX will exponentially multiply positive economic impacts throughout the region,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Chair of the Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee.

“ITF-West will serve visitors and LAX employees using the latest green and smart technology while preparing Los Angeles to welcome visitors for the 2028 Olympics.”