The ACS Group/Hochtief-led consortium reached financial close on the public-private partnership (PPP) contract with Los Angeles World Airports (Lawa) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an automated peoplemover (APM) at Los Angeles Airport, the fifth busiest airport in the world, in June last year.

Linxs comprises ACS Infrastructure Development and Hochtief PPP Solutions, each with an 18% stake, plus Dragados USA, Flatiron, Fluor, Balfour Beatty, and Bombardier with a 10% share.

The project is scheduled completion in 2023, in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics. Fluor is the managing partner of the design-build members of the JV, which includes Balfour Beatty, Dragados and Flatiron.

The 3.6km elevated APM will have nine trains, each with four cars accommodating up to 50 passengers and their luggage, which will operate at two-minute headways during peak periods, carrying up to 10,000 passengers per hour. Lawa anticipates the line will carry 85 million passengers per year.

The peoplemover will connect with the airline terminals, a new centralised rental car facility, new pickup and drop-off locations with parking facilities, and regional metro lines.

Linxs has been undertaking pre-construction works for the past year.

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