Expansion of the Newark International Airport Monorail

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by Harley L. Moore, III, Lea&Elliott, Inc, Arlington, United States,
Raymond A. Opthof, Lea&Elliott, Inc, Arlington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers IV

Abstract: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PA) has planned, designed, and begun constructing an APM system at the Newark International Airport (EWR). This system, called the Monorail, uses the Von Roll Transport Systems, Inc. (VRTSI) technology, upgraded to meet project requirements. The Monorail initially connects the three terminals and the remote parking lots. The design and implementation of this APM are described in other papers. This paper focuses on expanding and connecting the Monorail with off-airport transit systems. The PA included expansion and extensions from the beginning of planning for the Monorail. The VRTSI contract includes the capability to extend the system on-airport and/or off-airport and to coordinate with any fixed guideway system brought onto the airport. The Monorail is designed so that the initial system can meet the expected ultimate capacity level by lengthening the initial 6-car vehicles to 7-car vehicles; all facilities and subsystems have been designed to accommodate this expansion without other changes. The PA, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), and New Jersey Transit (NJT) are investigating connecting the Monorail with off-airport rail and transit systems by extending the Monorail off-airport and by bringing a new fixed-guideway transit system onto the airport. Off-airport extensions require coordination among these agencies and other public and private groups. Issues now being investigated for such an extension include land use and acquisition, environmental impacts, impacts on existing rail operations, location and design of a transfer station, ridership and service levels, costs, and funding.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Monorail | Rail transportation | Guideways | Railroad stations | Environmental issues | People movers | Building design | North America | United States | New Jersey | Newark | Pennsylvania | New York

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