Two of the five groups that have submitted proposals to develop a portion of the $5.5 billion Los Angeles International Airport modernisation project have dropped out, according the airport's procuring authority.
The bidders that have pulled out of the procurement “on their own volition”, according to a Los Angeles World Airports spokesman, to develop an automated people mover at LAX include the PWA consortium (Plenary Group, Walsh Investors, AECOM, JLC Infrastructure and Sumitomo) and LA Connext Partners (Ferrovial, Cintra, John Laing, Bechtel and Bombardier Transportation).
The project is to build an automated people mover ramp that will connect the central terminal with a new Consolidated Rent-a-Car facility, that will also be developed as a PPP. In addition, the LAX modernisation includes constructing a transit connection to the Metro 96 th Street station, two intermodal transit facilities, including pick-up/drop-off curbs, and road improvements.
The final RFP will be issued to the three remaining consortia in June, the spokesman said. On Thursday, LAWA's board approved a measure that will pay the two teams not awarded the automated people mover PPP a fee for their work.
Gateway Connectors (Kiewit, Meridiam and Skanska); LAX Connecting Alliance (OHL Infrastructure, Acciona Concesiones, Star America Fund, Aberdeen Global Infrastructure, Axium Infrastructure and Charles Pankow Builders); and LINXS (Fluor Enterprises, Balfour Beatty, Hochtief and ACS Infrastructure Development) are the three remaining consortia.
LAX's overall expansion is designed to relieve traffic congestion, increase passengers from around 75 million to 79 million annually and provide for easier transit connection.
LAWA cleared a legal hurdle in August when it signed a tentative agreement with a community activist organisation, the Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, that was seeking to block the project. ARSAC fought the LAX expansion for decades, arguing that a proposed airport runway closer to neighbouring communities would increase noise and environmental pollution. The agreement put the proposed runway on indefinite hold.