Traversing the Terminals

by Teresa Austin, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 9, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


When it opens this December, the Denver International airport will rely on an $89 million automated-people-mover, (APM) system as the primary means of transporting passengers between the main terminal complex and three remote airside concourses. The most remarkable aspect of this system is that it's not remarkable. APMs, in some form or another, have become a necessary component at many major U.S. airports. APMs are automated, driverless vehicles that operate on a fixed guideway through an exclusive right-of-way. Over the past four years, officials in several cities—Atlanta; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Tampa, Fla. and Orlando, Fla.—have expanded existing systems. A $378 million APM system will begin operating at Newark International Airport in December 1994 to connect all seven terminal stations, remote parking lots and rental car facilities. A short shuttle at Cincinnati International Airport will open about the same time to make it easier for passengers to get around an expanded terminal. Last May, a $95 million APM linking the terminal and parking lots opened at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. A second expansion of Atlanta's Hartfield International Airport is in the planning stages and work begins this fall on a 12 station, 7,000 ft APM system that will open in 2000 to serve Honolulu International Airport. By the new century at least 14 U.S. airports will operate APMs.

Subject Headings: Airport terminals | Parking facilities | Automated transit systems | Passengers | Automation | Intelligent transportation systems | Guideways | Automobiles | United States | Florida | Denver | Colorado | Texas | Tampa | Orlando | New Jersey

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