LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been talked about for years, and now con­struc­tion is underway on a people mover to carry trav­el­ers in and out of Los An­geles International Air­port.

City officials broke ground Thursday on the project which will fi­nal­ly give passengers an alternative to cars, shutt­les and buses that now jam the upper and lower ring roads within the central ter­minal area.

Mayor Eric Garcetti called it historic, saying LAX travelers should have mod­ern, reliable and timely public transportation.

The 2¼-mile system of automated trains will con­nect passengers to the ter­min­als, external pick-up and drop-off locations and at long last the Los Angeles Coun­ty Metro light rail system.

Developer LINXS will build and run the system under a 30-year, $4.9 billion contract, the largest ever awarded by the city.

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