Planning for Airport APM Systems—New Applications

by David M. Casselman, Lea&Elliott, Inc, Arlington, United States,
David D. Little, Lea&Elliott, Inc, Arlington, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers IV

Abstract: Traditionally, automated people mover (APM) systems at airports have been used to move passengers between a main terminal, in which ticketing and baggage claim occurs, and aircraft gates often located in satellite terminals or piers. APM systems have also been used to connect unit terminals and landside airport functions such as remote parking and car rental facilities. More recently, interest has been developed in using APM systems to provide an improved level of service for passengers transferring between gates. At many airports, increased airline hubbing activities have created greater volumes of intra-line transfer passengers and greater numbers of aircraft gates requiring connections. With the longer resulting distances to be traversed by transferring passengers, typical means of conveyance such as walking and moving sidewalks often do not provide an acceptable level of service or meet the trip time requirements for transferring. Another type of APM application which has recently seen increased interest is as a connection interfacing directly with an urban or regional transit system. Many rail transit systems are being planned to connect with major airports. Often these transit systems are line haul in nature and not well suited to service the multiple, closely located stops required at an airport. APM systems are being planned to fill the gap as the interface transportation mode between rail transit systems and airports, providing the necessary capacity while meeting the level of service requirements of the airport in a cost effective manner. This paper examines the range of applications for APM systems at airports, highlighting the recent applications for transferring of passengers and providing an interface with rail transit. Recent APM system planning experiences for U.S. and international airports will be used as examples to illustrate each type of application. Key planning criteria and issues related to each application will be discussed.

Subject Headings: Passengers | Rail transportation | Parking facilities | People movers | Airport terminals | Aircraft and spacecraft | Automobiles

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