LAX's central terminal columns are erected to support future people mover train

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has announced the start of column construction for the Automated People Mover (APM) project, to support the future East CTA station, the company said.

Elevated approximately 68 feet above grade and spanning Center Way, East CTA Station will connect to Terminal 7 and Parking Structure 1 via elevated pedestrian bridges. From a dedicated viewing area located on the west end of the station, passengers can enjoy views of the Theme Building, an iconic example of Googie architecture, which is a style of futurist architecture that originated in Los Angeles.

One of three stations located inside the CTA, the East CTA Station will be located just a short ride to the new Intermodal Transportation Facilities and the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) Facility.

The developer on the APM project, LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS), began foundation work at the site in October 2019 with the construction of Cast-in-Drilled Hole (CIDH) piles. Following the completion of CIDH piles, construction of the columns began.