The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday unanimously approved a contract with a developer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility at LAX.
The $2.28 billion, 28-year contract between L.A. Gateway Partners and Los Angeles World Airports for the ConRAC is part of the $5.5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program aims to bring together more than 20 car rental offices into a central location.
The facility will be connected to a 2.25-mile Automated People Mover that will eliminate the need for rental car courtesy vehicles to enter the central terminal area and reduce the number of autos driving in and out of the airport by an estimated 3,200 a day.
LAGP’s proposal had the lowest price score and second-highest technical score of the four teams that participated in the procurement process, according to the Board of Airport Commissioners.
“This is a project that is going to make the experience for the passengers at the airport better, and the experience for neighbors better,” said City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the LAX area. “Right now, the Central Terminal area is incredibly congested; it is a pain in the butt for any of us to try and get to the airport. They estimate about 15 percent or so of the traffic in the Central Terminal area is caused by a series of different competing shuttles from different companies, clogging up the traffic.”
The ConRAC will consolidate rental car locations in and around the airport into one facility located adjacent to the San Diego (405) Freeway. The 5.3-million-square-foot facility will be built in an area bordered by Aviation Boulevard on the west, Arbor Vitae Street to the north, La Cienega Boulevard on the east and the new 98th Street extension to the south. It is scheduled to be completed by 2023.
“Los Angeles is going places, and LAX is helping us get there,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Today’s approval is a historic investment in our infrastructure — a milestone that will create middle-class jobs, reduce traffic congestion, and deliver a world-class experience for travelers.”