Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) this week broke ground on the new Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF-West), a parking structure and transportation mobility hub that is a key component of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) modernization plan.

The new facility will be completed, opening in 2021 and will have two new roadways, Jetway Boulevard and 93rd Street, providing direct access.

The four-story structure will provide an additional 4,500 parking stalls, with short- and long-term parking options, valet parking, electrical vehicle charging stations and potential space for concessions. A shuttle will transport travelers and employees from the ITF-West to and from the central terminal area until the 2023 completion of the Automated People Mover (APM) project.

“In Los Angeles, parking is at a premium, especially at the airport,” says Sean Burton, president, board of airport commissioners. “The Intermodal Transportation Facility – West will provide new parking and mobility options for our guests and will be ready to adapt to future airport needs.”

The ITF-West also will house the 26,000 square-foot LAWA Security & Badging Office (SBO). With the APM system connecting to the ITF-West and Airport Metro Connector Station in 2023, employees will be able to utilize public transportation and the APM to take care of their badging needs, helping to take vehicles off the roadways and lower emissions.