A half-year since our last update, the steel frame of the massive LAX/Metro Transit Center station is rapidly coming together at the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street in Westchester.
The more than $900-million transit hub which, began heavy construction in early 2022, will provide a long-sought rail connection to LAX when completed. The roughly 9.5-acre complex sits directly east of the K Line's new maintenance and storage facility, and will eventually be served by both the K and C Lines, as well as local buses. Those passengers would have the ability to transfer onto LAX's new automated people mover system, which is also under construction next door.
The full project, as previously related, 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.
Completion of the LAX station, currently expected in 2024, has delayed the debut of the final leg of Metro's K Line, which currently terminates one stop north at Westchester/Veterans Station. Trains are currently unable to pass through the new LAX stop to reach additional K Line stations to the south, although Metro has maintained access to the adjacent rail maintenance and storage facility during construction.
For more images, plus renderings of the finished product, check out the gallery.
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