Fluor JV completes LA International Airport’s people mover structure


Joint Venture completes Los Angeles Airport’s Automated People Mover Train Guideway Structure.

A Fluor Corporation joint venture team, LINXS Constructors (comprised of Fluor, Balfour Beatty, Dragados USA and Flatiron), has completed construction of Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Automated People Mover train guideway structure for Los Angeles World Airports.

The guideway is the latest construction milestone for the $4.9bn mega infrastructure project, which is scheduled for completion in 2023. The centrepiece of LAX’s landside access modernisation programme, the Automated People Mover, is a 2.25-mile electric train system that will feature six stations – three stations inside the central terminal area that connect to the terminals via elevated pedestrian walkways and three stations outside the central terminal area that connect to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail transportation and a rental car facility.

“The Automated People Mover project is a critical investment for Los Angeles’s infrastructure as the city prepares to host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Thomas Nilsson, president of Fluor’s infrastructure business. “This is a logistically challenging project that requires close coordination with numerous public and private entities,” he said.

“The Automated People Mover will be so much more than another way to get to LAX. It is the piece of the puzzle that will end the congestion that has been plaguing our airport for decades,” said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. “This project is a historic investment in our city’s transportation future, and today’s milestone brings us another step closer to our ultimate goal of bringing modern, reliable public transportation to our airport,” said Garcetti.

Justin Erbacci, chief executive officer, Los Angeles World Airports, said: “Los Angeles no longer has to imagine a transformed LAX. Rather, we can see the future through our own eyes with the completion of the 2.25 miles of Automated People Mover guideway that will one day soon carry train cars filled with travellers and employees.

“Over the last two-and-a-half years, we have seen the guideway rise up from its foundation to become a fully completed track, providing us a glimpse at what will provide time-guaranteed access to the airport, ensuring greater mobility for all of those coming to and from LAX.”

Guideway construction began in November 2019 with the first underground support columns being placed, followed by the first concrete column pours in January 2020 and the first guideway segment pour in September 2020. A total of 69,700 cubic yards of concrete were poured since 2019 to complete the structure, along with more than one million work hours.