Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport Trams

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Hub Tram
Overview
Type People mover
Termini Lindbergh Terminal
Hub Building
Stations 2
Services 1
Operation
Opening April 3, 2001[1]
Rolling stock Poma-Otis Hovair
Technical
Line length 1,100 feet (340 m)[1]
'C' Concourse People Mover
Overview
Type People mover
Stations 4
Services 2
Operation
Opening May 5, 2004[2]
Rolling stock Poma-Otis steel-on-steel cable cars
Technical
Line length 2,700 feet (820 m)[2]

The Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport Trams consist of a pair of automated people movers that serve travelers of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. The Hub Tram is the older of the two systems opening in 2001 with the 'C' Concourse People Mover opening in 2004. Both were constructed and are operated under the direction of the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

Hub Tram[edit]

The Hub Tram originally opened on April 3, 2001, and was the first of two automated people mover systems in operation at the airport.[1] Covering a distance of 1,100 feet (340 m), the Hub Tram was designed to quickly transport passengers between the Lindbergh Terminal and the Hub Building where travelers can find rental car service counters, a transit center and a light rail station.[3]

The Hub Tram was originally scheduled to open in Fall 2000, but a computer glitch resulted in postponing its opening.[1] Costing $25 million to complete, the system was constructed by Poma-Otis Transit Company of Farmington, Connecticut.[1]

'C' Concourse People Mover[edit]

The 'C' Concourse People Mover originally opened on May 5, 2004, and was the second of two automated people mover systems to begin operation at the airport.[2] Covering a distance of 2,700 feet (820 m), the tram was designed to quickly transport passengers between the concourses of the Lindbergh Terminal.[4]

The tram was originally scheduled to open on June 1, 2002, but computer software problems and a collision with the vehicles resulted in postponing its opening to 2004.[5] Costing $36 million to complete, the system was also constructed by Poma-Otis Transit Company of Farmington, Connecticut.[2] The four cars utilized in the system have an average top speed of 26 miles per hour (42 km/h).[5] Unlike the Hub Tram which operates on a cushion of air, this system uses steel-on-steel vehicles and is cable drawn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Wascoe, Jr., Dan (April 3, 2001). "Airport tram begins running today". Star Tribune. pp. 2B. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wascoe, Jr., Dan (May 5, 2004). "Airport tram gets people moving today". Star Tribune. pp. 3B. 
  3. ^ "MSP International Airport: Hub Tram". Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  4. ^ "MSP International Airport: Concourse C". Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  5. ^ a b Wascoe, Jr., Dan (October 9, 2003). "Airport tram has that empty feeling". Star Tribune. pp. 2B.