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Construction Commences On $898 Million Station Connecting Metro Lines To LAX

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Air and ground traffic arrives to LAX as people travel to Thanksgiving holiday destinations on November 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Travel experts are forecasting LAX to be the busiest airport in the nation during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period as more than 1.97 million passengers are expected to use the airport. This would be a 4.8 percent increase over the 1.82 million last year, which made LAX the busiest in 2013 as well.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Air and ground traffic arrives to LAX as people travel to Thanksgiving holiday destinations on November 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Construction has officially begun on LAX's long-awaited Airport Metro Connector Project, which connects Los Angeles International Airport with the Metro system.

Construction has officially begun on LAX's long-awaited Airport Metro Connector Project, which connects Los Angeles International Airport with the Metro system. 

On Monday, the Metro held a groundbreaking ceremony commencing construction of the $898.6 million project. The Airport Metro Connector Project is slated to be completed by 2024 and will include a bus plaza, a bicycle hub and a private-vehicle drop-off zone. That station will be linked to the under-construction Metro Crenshaw/LAX line via the airport's Automated People Mover. 

The People Mover system, which is expected to be operating by 2023, will span 2.2 miles and connect directly with LAX's terminals. Today on AirTalk, we get more details on the construction of this near $900 million project. 

A representative from LAWA was originally set to join us, but they pulled out this morning.

Guests:

Tim Lindholm, senior executive officer for Program Management at LA Metro

Brett Snyder, airline industry expert and author/founder of "The Cranky Flier blog" and "The Cranky Concierge" air travel assistance service; he’s held many jobs in the airline industry, including in operations, sales, pricing, and planning

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