A pedestrian bridge connecting LAX’s Terminal 2 to a parking structure has been removed to clear the way for the airport’s modernization efforts, including its automated people mover, officials said Wednesday.
“For the second time in three months, our construction team successfully removed a pedestrian bridge, helping to pave the way for our continued modernization,” said Jake Adams, deputy executive director of the Landside Access Modernization Program. “Removing this bridge is the first of many major achievements in 2021, a year in which our monumental transformation will continue to come to life as we build a better LAX.”
The pedestrian bridge was built as part of airport improvements while the city prepared for the 1984 Olympic Games, according to Los Angeles World Airport officials. Crews removed it in segments, each weighing more than 50,000 pounds, in the early morning hours of Jan. 29 and Jan. 30.
The bridge cleared the way for the Terminal 2 connection to the automated people mover Center Terminal Area station. The 2.25-mile APM is the centerpiece of LAX’s modernization program as the airport prepares for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Olympic Games.
The APM system will have three stations inside the Central Terminal Area — which passengers can access through elevated pedestrian walkways from terminals — and three stations for passengers to access parking facilities, regional light rail transportation stations and the rent-a-car facility.
Officials said APM trains will arrive every two minutes and passengers will be able to connect from L.A. Metro to their terminal in 10 minutes or less. The project is expected to be complete in 2023, according to LAWA.
The modernization initiative is a $14.3 billion project that will improve all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities. More information is available at FlyLAX.com/ConnectingLAX.