Renderings released Thursday make it a lot easier to imagine a future where you’d no longer rather drive to Burbank or Long Beach to take advantage of their sweet little airports than fly out of LAX.
Key to that future is unsnarling Los Angeles International Airport’s traffic mess with new transportation options, the most of exciting of which is an "automated people mover"—a driverless, self-propelled electric train that will ferry travelers among terminals and to future light rail transit stations and to a new hub for rental car agencies.
The plan is inching closer to fruition with the release Thursday of an environmental impact report, a mandated review that details the proposed changes and their impacts. The report has renderings that show how the airport would look with the people mover, plus other additions, including pedestrian bridges, structures for passenger pick-up and drop-off, landscaping, and revamped terminal facades.
It also explains the design inspiration for all of the new structures. They will "respect" the "distinctive traits of California Modern," i.e. "strong connections to the outdoors;" the use of glass to "provide transparency;" "clean, horizontal lines;" and "'floating'" or cantilevered forms."
Without further ado, the renderings: