Orlando International Airport People Movers

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Orlando International Airport People Movers
Orlando Airport Shuttle Station.jpg
Train at Airside 4 station
Overview
TypeAutomated guideway transit
LocaleOrlando International Airport
Stations10
Services5
Operation
Opened1981 (Airsides 1 & 3)
1990 (Airside 4)
2000 (Airside 2)
2017 (Intermodal Terminal)
CharacterServes sterile parts of the airport
Rolling stock
Technical
Highest elevationElevated

The Orlando International Airport People Movers are a set of automated guideway transit (AGT) people mover systems operating within Orlando International Airport. The four original people mover systems connect the airport’s main terminal to four satellite airside concourses.[1] A fifth AGT people mover system was installed in 2017 to connect the main terminal with the airport’s new Intermodal Terminal.

Airside systems[edit]

The four currently operating systems connect the main terminal with the airside concourses.[1] The west two lines (Airsides 1 and 3) opened with the airport terminal in 1981. Airside 4 and its line were built later in 1990, and Airside 2 and its line began operation in 2000. The airside systems are similar to the Tampa International Airport People Movers.

Each line consists of two guideways that carry a three-car train each. The trains shuttle back and forth between the terminal and their respective airsides. The stations at the main terminal and the airsides use the Spanish solution: passengers board on an island platform between the two guideways and disembark on side platforms.

Since Airside 4 is the primary concourse for international flights, its system is set up so that when international flights arrive, terminal-bound passengers are not “secure”, while airside-bound passengers have gone through security screening. Only one set of doors are open at a time, and trains receive a security inspection before boarding secure departing passengers to the airside. This eliminates the need for international arriving passengers to go through additional security screening before heading to the main terminal.[2]

Currently, only Airside 2 and 4 systems use Bombardier Innovia APM 100 vehicles. Airside 1 and 3 system’s Adtranz, later purchased by Bombardier, vehicles were replaced with Mitshbishi Crystal Mover vehicles in 2017.[3] Airsides 2 and 4’s vehicles are not being replaced since those systems were built much later.[4]

Intermodal Terminal system[edit]

New Mitsubishi Crystal Mover on the line to the Intermodal Terminal
Orlando International Airport
Parking Garage A
Airside 1
(Gates 1–29)
Airside 2
(Gates 100–129)
Airside 3
(Gates 30–59)
Airside 4
(Gates 70–99)
Parking Garage B
Parking Garage C
Intermodal Terminal
SunRail (proposed)
to DeBary or Poinciana
Virgin Trains USA (planned)
to Miami

A fifth line was recently[when?] installed to connect the main terminal with the airport’s Intermodal Terminal, which opened in late 2017. The Intermodal Terminal includes additional parking as well as a rail station for future use by Virgin Trains USA and SunRail. This line also uses Mitsubishi Crystal Movers, although they heavily differ in appearance than those used for Airsides 1 and 3.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Getting Around MCO". Orlando International Airport. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Orlando International Airport. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. ^ Storey, Ken. "Orlando International Airport retires its original people mover trams after 35 years". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Terminal-Gate Shuttle Replacement". Orlando International Airport. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Receives Order for Three Automated People Mover (APM) Systems at Orlando International Airport". PR Newswire. Retrieved 16 July 2017.