To applause from a City Hall audience, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved up to $4.9 billion to design, build, operate and maintain an elevated train that will whisk passengers in and out of LAX's central terminal area and carry them to a car rental facility, a ground transportation hub and a station on the Metro Crenshaw Line. The sleek people mover is a major part of L.A.'s efforts to improve transportation in traffic-choked Southern California before the 2028 Summer Olympics. The project will break ground this year, and service is expected to begin in March 2023.
Los Angeles World Airports' progress toward a transportation system that provides an alternative to driving comes years — in some cases, decades — after other major world airports. This extension was ultimately killed in the 19080's when the price tag on the 20-mile Norwalk-to-Redondo Beach line tripled. Still, construction crews built a rail line stub branching off the Green Line, pointing hopefully toward the airport. Those tracks have now been connected to the Crenshaw Line, the 8.5-mile light-rail route slated to begin service late next year!
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