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RFP for LAX people mover.

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAQ has authorised Ids Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to issue a reguest for proposals (RFP) for the Automated People Mover (APM) train at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The APM is a component of the airport's $5.5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which is designed to reduce traffic at the airport by adding a train into the Central Terminal Area (CTA) that will connect to Los Angeles Metro's light rail system--plus a consolidated rental car (ConRAC) facility and additional parking structures with new areas for picking up and dropping off passengers.

This is the first time a public-private partnership (P3) Design Build Finance Operate Maintain (DBFOM) model will be used to construct and operate an APM. BOAC President Sean Burton said: "One reason Los Angeles World Airports chose a P3 for this project is to expedite the delivery of this critical improvement, which will create a better experience for passengers at LAX[TM]:

The LAMP project's five major components are the APM; the ConRAC; two Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITF East and West); and roadway improvements throughout the LAX area.

LAWA CEO Deborah Flint explained: 'The APM is a critical project for the future modernisation of LAX and is the solution to providing reliable, time-certain access to airline terminals for passengers, employees and other users.

"The authorisation of the RFP is an important step towards delivering on that promise. [Its] scoring process is designed to give us a qualified team that will deliver a high-quality, reliable and beautifully designed system!' The RFP is the last step in a three-part solicitation process. LAWA previously conducted two separate request for qualifications (RFO) processes to identify firms capable of supplying both the APM operating systems and the fixed facilities. Eligible developers and operators were then free to team up to deliver the APM jointly as an integrated team. Of the initial shortlisted candidates, three integrated teams remain. LAWA says scoring for the project is based on technical qualifications, visual appeal and user experience, while evaluation criteria were developed to ensure a fair and transparent procurement that maximises private sector creativity and innovation.

Public agencies across the US are using the P3 project delivery DBFOM model to build large infrastructure projects because it means they can benefit from the experience, efficiency and resources of private sector partners--who are able to accelerate project delivery with innovative ideas and by providing initial investment in exchange for annual payments for the contract duration.

The RFP is scheduled to be released to the integrated teams at the end of July. Technical bids for the APM will be due in November and proposers whose bids meet minimum criteria will submit financial proposals in December.

A contract is expected to be awarded by early 2018, with the APM planned to be operational in 2023.

Caption: LAWA is to issue a contract for an automatic people mover (APM) by early 2018. It's expected to be operational in 2023.

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Publication:Airports International
Date:Aug 1, 2017
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