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Pedestrian Bridge Structure Connecting Terminal 1 To LAX People Mover Station Successfully Installed

Flatiron is proud to be part of the team creating the Automated People Mover at Los Angeles International Airport. Another important step in this innovative project has been achieved. This news release was issued by the project owner,

(Los Angeles, CA) Today, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced the successful placement of a fourth pedestrian bridge structure in the Central Terminal Area (CTA) over World Way. The crossing over the roadway will connect the Automated People Mover (APM) Center CTA station to the extension of Terminal 1 once the train system is complete.

Over the course of four evenings, partially pre-fabricated steel trusses weighing a combined 209,500 pounds were assembled and lifted into place with a 350-ton crane. Supported over the roadway by a shoring tower, the segments were welded together. The installation of floor and roof beams is underway, which will complete the erection of structural steel for the pedestrian walkway.

“Installing the pedestrian bridge structures over the only roadways providing access to the Central Terminal Area is a feat only made possible by the incredible coordinated efforts of our Airport Operations, Airport Police, traffic and security officers and the construction team,” said Jake Adams, Deputy Executive Director, Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). “Our guests are now able to see an additional exciting glimpse at how they will move in the future via a connected train system.”


LAX People Mover Steel Section 1
LAX People Mover Steel Section 3
LAX People Mover Steel Section 2
LAX People Mover Steel Section 4

Photos of each steel section.

This is the fourth of six bridge structures to be installed over the roadway. Previous pedestrian bridge milestones include:

  • June 2021 – First bridge installed at Terminal 4.5, which will connect to the West CTA station
  • September 2021 – Second bridge installed at Terminal 2, which will connect to the Center CTA station 
  • January 2022 – Third bridge installed at Terminal 3, which will connect to the West CTA station

In addition, glass installation is scheduled to begin in April on the pedestrian bridges located at Terminals 2 and 4.5. Two bridges remain to be installed – at Tom Bradley International Terminal and at Terminal 5.5 – and are planned to be placed by the summer. 

Click here to view an educational video on constructing the pedestrian walkways over World Way. High-resolution photos are available upon request.

The centerpiece of LAX’s LAMP, the APM, is a 2.25-mile electric train system that will transport travelers in and out of the CTA, connecting them to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail transportation and the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility. The APM project is a critical investment into the infrastructure of Los Angeles as the city prepares to host the 2028 Olympic Games. The APM is expected to relieve congestion within the CTA and in turn the surrounding thoroughfares, thereby reducing emissions and vehicle miles traveled.

To learn more about LAX’s modernization, visit

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $15-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal.

In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.

LAX generates 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airports Council International-Europe.

LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.

LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the “Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience” in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of “The World’s Best Airports for Business Travelers” (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.


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