Mitsubishi to Build Orlando Airport Automated People Mover
Orlando, FL – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc. (MHIA) has received an order from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) to design, build, operate, and maintain three separate Automated People Mover (APM) systems at Florida’s Orlando International Airport (OIA).
The project, slated for completion in 2018, marks the fourth major international airport in which MHI has implemented an APM in the US and its seventh overall APM system in the country.
The contract calls for MHIA to be responsible for implementing the three systems, which includes the supply and construction of a new, approximately 1.4 mile long system connecting the main airport terminal and the South Airport Complex – a multi-modal transportation hub – as well as the replacement of two existing 2000 ft. long APM systems connecting the main airport terminal to Airside Terminals 1 and 3.
In total, MHI will be supplying 18 new train cars. The Airside Terminals 1 and 3 APMs were originally built in 1981, and MHI will replace these while minimizing any inconvenience to passengers, the company said.
The contract also includes five years of system operations and maintenance after the construction is completed, with two additional five-year options, which will be performed by the Florida-headquartered joint venture of MHIA and Sumitomo Corporation- Crystal Mover Services Inc.
In addition, the South Airport APM Complex will serve as a regional station for the intercity “All Aboard Florida” rail system, which will be implemented in the near future.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and with the cooperation of Sumitomo Corp.
Since 1981, Mitsubishi has delivered sixteen APM systems with an additional two large scale urban metro APMs under implementation, including the Macau Light Rapid Transit APM system – the single largest APM order in the industry.