American Society of Civil Engineers

Newark Airport ATS Circulator System Studies

by Catherine Cronin, P.E., (Manager, Airtrain Operations, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Newark Liberty Intl. Airport, 1 Conrad Rd., Newark, NJ 07114. E-mail: and J. Sam Lott, P.E., (Senior Vice President, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., 12012 Wickchester Lane, Suite 500, Houston, Texas 77079. E-mail:
Section: Airports, pp. 164-173, (doi:  Open Access

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Automated People Movers and Transit Systems 2011: From People Movers to Fully Automated Urban Mass Transit
Abstract: The paper describes the analytical process and simulation-based tools that were used to perform a study of alternatives for an automated transit system (ATS) that would serve as an airport circulator system for possible future conditions at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. The paper describes the alternative ATS configurations that would provide non-secure landside connections between the three terminals and remote landside facilities, and in some case studies include a separate additional automated people mover (APM) circulator system to provide secure airside connections. The analysis was primarily performed utilizing the Advanced Land-Transportation Performance SimulationTM (ALPSTM) software, which is described in the paper to include the flight schedule processing and the integrated pedestrian and transit system simulations.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Airports and airfields
New Jersey
Rapid transit systems