Houston Airport's Los Cost People-Mover

by Hal K. Puckett, Sr. Vice Pres.; Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc., and Member of Exec. Committee of Engrs. of Southwest (ESW), Houston, TX,
James C. Williamson, Asst. Div. Chf.; Mech. Div., Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc., Houston, TX,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 1, Pg. 255-262

Document Type: Journal Paper


A description is given of the new automatic electric powered transportation system linking the two airport terminals and hotel. It replaces a first-generation, battery powered system which has been in operation since the airport was completed in 1969. Six trains, 36 passengers each, operate continuously on a 6,000-ft (1,830-m) loop, providing service at each of eight stations every 3 min. Cost, including new station gate sets and graphics, was less than $1,000,000. Overall airport traffic circulation, including the role of the train system, is considered. A description is made of major components: vehicles, suspension, guidance, propulsion, braking, switching, station gates, power distribution, and controls. Figures are presented to illustrate the text.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | People movers | Electrical systems | Power plants | Automation | Automated transit systems | Airport terminals | Commercial buildings | Texas | United States

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