Connect Los Angeles airport to train by 2024, plan says

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By 2024, Los Angeles International Airport should finally be connected to the region's transit system.

That's how long it will take to design, build, test and open a tram-like "automated people mover" to link passenger terminals to a planned light rail line about 1.5 miles away.

An airport representative on Thursday told the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is building the new rail line, that the next two years will see studies of the project's environmental impacts and requests for bids.

Groundbreaking is projected for early 2017, and would last between five and seven years.

The goal is to connect LAX to the region's growing light rail and subway network before 2024, when Los Angeles hopes to host the Summer Olympics for a third time.

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