Category - Passenger Transport

Automated People Mover Sets the Stage for Less Curb Congestion, New Intermodal Connections at Orlando Int'l

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is on track for continued growth and increased intermodality with the debut of its South Airport Automated People Mover System early this fall.

Bismarck Municipal Reaps Benefits & Reduces Risk With Privately Developed Rental Car Facility

Like blind dates and family vacations, airport projects don't always go as originally planned. Case in point: the new rental car service center at Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS) in North Dakota.

Pittsburgh Int'l Rolls Out Renewed Train System

Pittsburgh Int'l Rolls Out Renewed Train System
After 24 years and more than 2 million miles in service, the people mover trains connecting the landside and airside terminals at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) are virtually all new and rolling into the future. A four-phase, $11 million project modernized the trains with new underframes and updated interior elements (flooring, air conditioning, lighting, etc.).

Sea-Tac Establishes Environmental Guidelines for Ridesharing Companies

Seattle has long been considered one of the greenest cities in the United States, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is making sure that the ground transportation options it offers passengers live up to that reputation.

New Train Line Opens “Corridor of Opportunity” at Denver Int’l

“Corridor of Opportunity” at Denver Int’l
From its very inception, Denver International (DEN) has been a noteworthy U.S. airport, but it recently joined the international big leagues with the addition of a rail connection and a striking on-airport hotel/transit center complex. Last year, DEN served about 54 million passengers and was ranked the sixth-busiest airport in the United States. The new 23-mile rail connection and associated $582 million hotel/transit center are expected to boost airport and convention business by making ground transportation and accommodations more convenient for passengers.

Electric Car-Sharing Service Makes U.S. Debut at Indianapolis Int’l

Passengers at Indianapolis International (IND) will soon have a new and greener option for getting to and from the airport: an all-electric car-sharing program. BlueIndy, which launched local service in September, is slated to open a 20-car station in the airport’s parking garage later this month. The new facility will allow arriving passengers to pick up cars at the airport and drop them off at stations near their destinations. Departing passengers will be able to pick up vehicles at stations throughout the Indianapolis metro area and return them to the new station at IND.

Austin-Bergstrom Enhances Service & Avoids Operational Headaches with New Conrac

In October, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) opened a $155.5 million consolidated rental agency complex (conrac) funded with customer facility charges. Beyond creating a new onsite facility for rental agencies, officials also carved out more space for customer parking at the Texas airport.

Oakland Int’l Gains New Public Transportation Link

Getting to and from Oakland International Airport (OAK) is drastically easier for many passengers since the new connection opened in November between the airport and California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) train system. OAK’s financial share of the project was $45 million — just less than 10% of the total cost. “It’s important that we invest in transportation infrastructure that serves today as well as into the future,” explains Deborah Ale-Flint, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland.

Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l Partners With Transit Authority to Bring Light Rail Service to Airport

New connections are being made since the August opening of a $36 million light rail station at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

New Intermodal Center at Bob Hope Airport Doubles as Emergency Ops Center

The new $112 million Regional Intermodal Transportation Center at Bob Hope Airport (BUR) shows that access to the Burbank, CA, airport is an important priority. What's not so evident is that in the event of a major earthquake, it can serve as a regional command center for emergency operations.

Airports Caught in Crossfire of War Between Taxis & Ride-Share Networks

Ride-share services entered the transportation marketplace with barely an introduction, other than superlative promises to potential customers and drivers about revolutionizing the way people get around town. Passengers began using Uber's smartphone app in 2009 to connect with individual drivers willing to use their own cars to give strangers a lift, and buzz about the new concept spiked. When word spread about bargain prices, similar ventures such as Lyft and SideCar soon followed.

Miami Int'l Strives to Turn Cabbies into Ambassadors

When Emilio T. González, Ph.D., assumed duties as director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department last spring, he was greeted with an inordinate amount of complaints about ground transportation at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Salt Lake City Int'l Welcomes New Light Rail Line

A new light rail link connecting Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to the downtown of Utah's capital city opened recently, making it easier than ever for passengers to get to and from the airport. The $350 million extension whisks passengers to the Welcome Center that connects to the south end of Terminal One.

PHX Sky Train Glides into Sky Harbor & Airport History

More than a decade in planning, the PHX Sky Train at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is on track to begin public service this spring.

Sea-Tac's New Rental Car Facility is Fast Off the Line

Just 10 weeks after its mid-May premiere, the new Consolidated Rental Car Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) served its one millionth customer. During peak periods, more than 1,500 passengers shuttle between the new five-story facility and SEA's terminal per hour. On its busiest day, the facility served 18,000 customers.

New Terminal Features $6 Million Art Collection

Sacramento International Airport's new central Terminal B was not only the largest construction project in Sacramento County's history, it also houses the county's largest public art project to date.

Dual-Track People Mover Connects Landside & Airside Facilities

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) wanted a showcase system to transport people between its new landside terminal and airside concourse, and it got exactly that.

Miami Int'l Debuts $270 Million People Mover

For years, large airports have used people movers to shuffle passengers between terminals. Today, landlocked airports are using them to "punch through" immovable boundaries such as highways or commercial districts.

Airports Save Money, Help the Environment Converting Fleets to Compressed Natural Gas

When the City of Houston received a free compressed natural gas (CNG) station for George Bush Intercontinental Airport, a fleet of eco-conscious airport shuttles was put in place to use the new station. These days, 30 buses powered by CNG ferry passengers to and from economy parking lots. They also drive home the airport's commitment to improving the environment and passenger health.

Smart Shuttle Technology Hits the Pavement at LAX

About five years ago, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) hired a private company to operate the consolidated hotel shuttle service it implemented to reduce traffic congestion, help the environment and improve service to the traveling public.

"Train-to-Plane" Rail Connection Expected to Reclaim Marketshare for Oakland Int'l

Reliability has long been a shining star for Oakland International Airport (OAK) in Northern California. Among the 40 largest airports in the nation, nearly 5 million passengers depart OAK each year to destinations worldwide, and they consistently give it top marks for on-time service.

Final Phase of People Mover Complete at Houston Intercont'l

As last summer ended, a new chapter in passenger convenience began at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston. With the third and final phase of its elevated rail system complete, the airport's TermaLink automated people mover (APM) now links all terminals.

New Intermodal Connection Expected to Lure Passengers, Airlines to T.F. Green Int'l

T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) in Rhode Island recently gained vital infrastructure it had lacked for years: a link to the area's public ground transportation network. When InterLink debuted in late October, the $267 million intermodal facility immediately provided existing passengers easier access to rental cars and train service. It's also, however, expected to attract new customers from the heavily populated area between the airport and downtown Boston, just 45 miles to the north.

Consolidated Rental Car Center Cuts Traffic & Confusion at Miami Int'l

With room for 6,500 vehicles and 16 car rental companies, the new four-level, $383 million rental car center (RCC) at Miami International Airport (MIA) had an instant impact on the airport, passengers and surrounding streets when it opened in July.

Dulles Debuts $1.5 Billion Train System

More than seven years of construction came to fruition in January, when Washington Dulles International Airport opened its much-anticipated AeroTrain to the traveling public.

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