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10 airportbusiness August/September 2018 PEOPLE MOVERS By Peter Aarons All Aboard Airport People Movers Automated people movers have been in use in various forms for nearly a century. One of the first automated systems for human transportation was the screw-driven Never-Stop Railway constructed for the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, London in 1924. Its 88 unmanned carriages moved on a continuous double track along the northern and eastern sides of the exhibition, with reversing loops at either end. The speed could be increased or slowed, depending on operational needs. The system operated reliably during the two years of the exhibition, after which it was dismantled. Today, many automated people mover systems are being effectively utilized in various global urban transport environments, including at amusement parks, exhibition areas, shopping complexes, medical centers and increasingly more airports. APMs offer solutions With the continued growth of air travel and swelling congestion, airports are looking for innovative transportation solutions to increase the speed and frequency of conveying passengers in and around airports to make the entire travel experience more efficient and pleasant. As airports continue to undertake major modernization and infrastructure improvements to keep pace with growing passenger demand, they are increasingly considering utilizing automated people movers that can provide numerous mobility benefits for airports and their travelers. Automated and driverless, people movers can carry up to 100 passengers in vehicles with multiple cars, offer frequent and point-to-point service not only to central terminal areas, but to and from intermodal transit facilities, and in some cases, even to metropolitan city centers. Convenient seamless transit options are further enhanced when automated people movers (APMs) can connect to light rail, bus and other public transportation systems. Using APMs can relieve traffic congestion in the immediate airport vicinity, as well as alleviate traffic bottlenecks around passenger terminals. This transport technology can offer solutions to LAWA The planned Automated People Mover that is part of the Landside Access Modernization Program at Los Angeles International Airport.

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