The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Newark Liberty International Airport awarded Alstom a EUR 250 million contract for the to provide operations and maintenance services for its Innovia monorail system, known as AirTrain Newark.
The seven-year contract will last until January 2030 and includes an option for one additional year.
Alstom will be responsible for 24-hour train operations and dispatching, maintenance of the vehicle fleet, station doors, guideways, power distribution systems, car wash, signalling system and facilities.
The fleet is composed of 15 six-car Innovia monorail trains, serving six stations, including the new Terminal A, along the nearly 4.8 km of elevated guideway. The system not only operates between the airport’s terminals but also connects the airport with rental car facilities, hotel shuttles and central parking lots, as well as with with other transit systems and services such as New Jersey Transit and Amtrak.
“Our industry-leading Innovia airport system has been moving travellers and employees between terminals at Newark Airport safely and reliably since 1996. Building upon the knowledge gathered over more than 25 years and our worldwide leadership of operation and maintenance of automated transit systems, our service delivery team will continue to focus on maintaining the AirTrain Newark’s high-performance levels and supporting the best possible passenger mobility experience at the airport,” Michael Keroullé, President of Alstom Americas said.
Last year, nearly 10 million passengers used the AirTrain Newark, with an average daily ridership of around 26,000 travellers and airport employees.
To accommodate the high passenger volumes, the system operates 24/7, 365 days a year. Full automation of the system provides improved safety, high reliability, higher capacity with shorter headways between trains, and lower maintenance costs.