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Work begins on new LAX metro link

Officials expect that travellers will be able to get to and from Los Angeles International Airport via a people-mover link to the city’s Metro rail service by 2023.


The Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Automated People Mover (APM) will transport travelers to the airport’s rental-car facility and a nearby Metro rail station.


Groundbreaking took place this week for the free rail link, which will make a total of six stops over its 2.25-mile track and run every two minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Officials expect 30 million people to use the APM annually. Last year, 87.5 million people passed through LAX.


“We can’t have a truly world-class airport until we have public transit that brings people right to the terminals,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.


Los Angeles wants the rail system up and running when it hosts the Summer Olympic Games in 2028. The project cost is estimated at $4.9 billion.

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