Many airports have automated trains that connect passengers between terminals. Two prime examples in the NYC area are the AirTrain at John. F. Kennedy International Airport and the AirTrain at Newark Liberty International Airport.
For those at Los Angeles International Airport, good news as the airport commission approved a $5 billion contract to build an automated people mover to connect passengers between terminals. The next step is a vote from the city council, which should pass with a goal to have this fully built and operational by 2022 with plans to carry 85 million passengers annually.
The Automated People Mover (APM) is an electric train system on a 2.25 mile elevated guideway with six stations total – three outside the terminal loop and three inside.
LAX anticipates groundbreaking in 2018 and the APM to be fully operational in 2023. Pre-construction activities—such as utility relocations, geotechnical investigations and surveying—will begin in the second quarter of 2018. Construction of the guideway—the elevated track along which the APM will run—will start in Summer-Fall 2019. Late 2019 will see construction begin on the six stations. The first APM car will be delivered in late 2020. Major construction will be complete in mid-2022, at which point extensive testing will begin for several months. The APM will be open for passenger services in early 2023.
The APM will have nine trains, each with four cars. Each car will carry up to 50 passengers and their luggage, with a total of 200 per train. Train speed will top out at 47 mph. Trains will be available at each station every two minutes with a total of 10 minutes travel time end-to-end. For easy access, the APM trains will have large, wide doors and each car will have 12 seats designated for travelers in need. The APM will be FREE for all users and operate at all times. Anticipated use will be 30 million passengers per year.