Lots of news out of notoriously-unwieldy LAX: the first is that a rail line broke ground Tuesday — with Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti in attendance — that will carry fliers about a mile-and-a-half from the airport; a future people mover will likely bridge the gap to the terminals.
The new line, called the Crenshaw Line, will connect the South Bay's Green Line with the Mid-City Expo Line. When completed in 2019, those landing in LAX will be able to take the Crenshaw Line to Santa Monica and Downtown LA, cutting down on the need for rental cars. While celebrating the groundbreaking yesterday, a dance troupe broke into a very unconventional performance. Watch it below.
Other news out of LAX, which is undergoing a multibillion dollar renovation, includes American Airlines opening a new 2,400 square foot Admirals Club in March at the American Eagle terminal. American is also closing Gate 41 in February for seven months; this is necessary for crews to build a connector between American's terminal and the shiny-new Tom Bradley International terminal. The connector should open in late 2015. The duty-free shop near Gate 41 will temporary close for renovation but a temporary kiosk will stick around. Also, new baggage software will be installed in March that should cut down on bag jams.