Alstom wins Huston APM operation contract

Skyway automated people moverThe Houston Airport System which manages George Bush Intercontinental Airport, awarded Alstom a EUR 87 million contract to provide ten years of operations and maintenance services for the Skyway automated people mover system at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Under the agreement, Alstom will be responsible for 24-hour train operations and dispatching as well as maintenance of the Innovia vehicle fleet, guideway, signalling system, and facilities including stations and the maintenance building. This follows a previous ten-year services contract with Bombardier Transportation, which is now part of Alstom.

“We’re proud that our industry-leading Innovia automated people mover system has been moving travelers and employees between terminals at George Bush Intercontinental Airport safely, efficiently and reliably since 1999,” Jérôme Wallut, President, Alstom Americas said.

The system is 1.1 km–long running along the north side of the airport, beyond airport security. A fleet of 12 Innovia APM 100 vehicles operated the system, offering a capacity of 80 passengers each.

All the five terminals of Houston Airport are connected by the Skyway automated people mover system which provide a 4-minute travel time from the Terminal A station to the Terminal D/E. The trains depart every two minutes from the Skyway stations to the terminals.

The system operated since 1999 with two stations, connecting C and B terminals but in 2001 was expanded from the Terminal C to D and in 2010, the extension to the Terminal A was completed.

In North America, Alstom will operate and maintain the new automated people mover system under construction at Los Angeles International Airport, as part of LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS). Selected as the developer of the 3.6 km–long Automated People Mover at LAX, the LINXS team contracted to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain Los Angeles’ largest public–private partnership. LINXS consortium comprises Fluor Enterprises, Balfour Beatty Investments, Hochtief PPP Solutions, ACS Infrastructure Development and Bombardier Transportation, which have successfully delivered USD 27 billion in public–private partnerships.


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