After eight months of heavy construction, progress is becoming apparently at the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street in Westchester, where Metro is building a $900-million transit hub which will provide a long-awaited rail link to LAX.

View of 96th Street Station from Aviation BoulevardGrimshaw Architects

Now known as the LAX/Metro Transit Center Station, the new station occupies a roughly 9.5-acre property adjacent to the K Line's new maintenance and storage facility, and will eventually enable passenger on both the K and C Lines ( as well as local buses) to transfer to LAX's new automated people mover system.

The at-grade transit hub will include:

  • a 16-bay bus plaza with capacity for charging infrastructure;
  • a multi-level active transportation and bike hub;
  • a vehicle drop-off zone;
  • a customer service center;
  • public toilet facilities beyond the fare paid zone;
  • commercial space; and
  • a sculpture by Los Angeles artist Glenn Kaino, which will be incorporated into the station's hub structure.

Bird's eye view of 96th Street stationGrimshaw Architects

Construction of station, which expected to open in 2024, has delayed the debut of the final leg of Metro's K Line. While passenger service commenced between Westchester/Veterans Station and Expo/Crenshaw Station in October, trains are unable to pass through the new LAX stop to reach additional K Line stations to the south. However, Metro is maintaining access to the adjacent rail maintenance and storage facility during construction.

For more angles of the new LAX transit hub, check out progress shots from Metro.