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These are the people mover train cars that could make LAX a little less awful

Nothing says “I love you” like picking someone up from LAX on a weekend night. The car-clogged airport circle ranks high on the list of Los Angeles traffic nightmares — though it will hopefully be avoided with the arrival of a new automated train system.

at LAX Automated people mover (or APM) won’t open until sometime in 2023, but on Tuesday we got our first glimpse of one of the vehicles. Officials unveiled the first batch of the 44 coaches that will carry passengers free of cost elevated line of 2.25 miles which connects the airport terminals with a new parking garage and upcoming car rental area and Subway Stop yourself.

Each Innovia 300 APM carriage has 12 seats and has enough space for 50 passengers with luggage (they will run four carriages to a train, meaning they will accommodate 200 people per boarding). During peak operating periods, from 9am to 11pm, driverless cars with rubber wheels will arrive every two minutes. If you add up all these numbers, Los Angeles World Airports estimates that APM will carry 85 million passengers annually.

Photo: Courtesy of Los Angeles World AirportsMayor Eric Garcetti in an APM train car

Expect to take 10 minutes to get from one end of the system to the other, although your journey is likely to be even shorter depending on where you’re headed. There will be three stations in the middle of the terminal area: one between terminals one and seven; another between two, five and six; and another near three, four and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (if you’ve ever walked the pedestrian bridges to the short-term parking garages, you have a general idea of ​​the location). Then there are three stops just to the east: one at the massive parking garage that opened last fall, which — when APM opens — will also have drop-off and drop-off areas; another on Aviation Boulevard, where the subway is due later this year The K (Crenshaw) line will have a stop; and finally just across the street in a new building that will consolidate rental car operators under one roof.

LAX Automated People Mover card
Courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports

“The Automated People Mover will be much more than another way to get to LAX — it’s the piece of the puzzle that will curb the congestion that has plagued our airport for decades,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “As we welcome the first car to take passengers to revamped terminals, parking lots, subways and a new rental car facility, it’s clear that a completely reimagined LAX is on the horizon.”

Until then, the first three APM cars to arrive (a fourth is on its way from the Pittsburgh factory) are in a maintenance and storage facility on 96th Street. Be sure to wave hello to them next time you’re cursing yourself for driving to Los Angeles—and check out this video guide below.

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