Fluor Joint Venture Completes LAX APM Train Guideway Structure

Fluor Corporation’s joint venture team, LINXS Constructors – consisting of Fluor, Balfour Beatty, Dragados USA and Flatiron – has completed construction of the Automated People Mover (APM) train guidance structure at Los Angeles International Airport ( LAX) for Los Angeles global airports.

The guideway is the final construction stage of the $4.9 billion mega infrastructure project, slated for completion in 2023. The centerpiece of LAX’s ground access modernization program, the APM, is a 2.25 mile electric train system that will consist of six stations: three of the stations inside the central area of ​​the terminal that connect to the terminals via elevated pedestrian walkways and three stations outside the central area of ​​the terminal that connect to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail and a rental car facility.

“The Automated People Mover project is a critical infrastructure investment in Los Angeles 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 complex project that requires close coordination with many public and private entities.”

In May, teams will continue work on several APM-related projects, including the construction of several elevated bridges that will connect the terminals to future stations. Temporary support for the newest bridge will reduce lanes near Terminals 5 and 6 until mid-May, and overnight work is taking place throughout the central area of ​​the terminal.

Construction work is also underway at stations along the 2.25-mile route, as well as terminal upgrades and other projects in the central terminal area. Work continues on the construction of the station and the pedestrian bridge. Crews have begun installing the structural steel for the Central Station Central Station Canopy.

“The Automated People Mover will be more than just another way to get to LAX. This is the piece of the puzzle that will end the congestion that has plagued 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 one step closer to our ultimate goal of bringing modern, reliable public transportation to our airport.”

Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, added, “Los Angeles no longer has to imagine a transformed LAX. Rather, we can see the future with our own eyes with the completion of the 2.25 mile Automated People Mover guideway that will one day soon carry train cars full of travelers and employees.

“Over the past two and a half years, we have seen the guideway rise from its foundation to become a fully completed track, giving us a glimpse of what will provide guaranteed access over time to the airport, ensuring greater mobility for everyone coming to and from LAX.

Construction of the guideway began in November 2019 with the placement of the first underground support columns, followed by the first concrete column pours in January 2020 and the first guideway segment poured in September 2020. A total than 69,700 cubic yards of concrete have been poured since 2019 to complete the structure, along with more than one million man hours.

“The completion of the guideway structure is a remarkable milestone for the project as we get closer to delivering a new transportation experience at one of the busiest airports in the world,” said Sam Choy, project manager at LINXS Constructors. “We will soon build on this achievement with train car trials later this year.”

Melvin Z. Madore