LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Thursday for the 2.25-mile Automated People Mover at Los Angeles International Air­port, which aims to cut down on auto traffic traveling in and out of the airport, officials announced today.

The project has a targeted opening date of 2023.

The groundbreaking cere­mo­ny will include Mayor Eric Gar­cetti, members of the City Coun­cil, officials from Los Angeles World Airports and other leaders.

Last year, the City Council ap­proved a $4.9 billion contract with LAX Integrated Express So­lu­tions for the design and con­struction of the Automated Peop­le Mover system that will carry passengers among ter­min­als and connect with nearby rail lines.

According to LAWA, the city agency that operates the air­port, the People Mover will feat­ure trains traveling among six stations — three inside the airport terminal loop and three outside the airport.

The system is expected to con­nect with the Metro Green and Cren­shaw/LAX light rail lines, and also with a planned Con­sol­idated Rent-A-Car Center that aims to bring together more than 20 car rental offices in one location. The facility will elim­in­ate the need for rental car cour­tesy vehicles to enter the cen­tral terminal area and re­duce the number of autos dri­ving in and out of the airport by an estimated 3,200 each day, officials said.

LAWA of­fi­cials anticipate the system will be used by 85.1 million pas­sen­gers per year.

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