Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has secured an order to add four railway cars for the automated people mover (APM) system in operation at Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida, US.
The new cars are identical to those currently in operation. They will be manufactured in-house, and delivered in 2016.
The present APM system at MIA, the MIA Mover, is a driverless, fully automated passenger transport system that was completed in 2011.
It runs a distance of 2km, and links the airport with the Miami Intermodal Center, a multi-modal transportation hub. Cars are equipped with rubber tires for smooth, quiet and eco-friendly operation.
The order was placed by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department through Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA).
System operation and maintenance services for the current system are being provided by MHIA under a five-year contract. According to MHI, its robust record in APM deliveries and operation, together with the high reliability the systems have demonstrated, led to it winning the latest order.
The planned expansion work, which is a result of increasing passenger demand, will raise the number of cars from eight to twelve, relieving onboard congestion and improving passenger comfort and convenience.
In addition to the MIA Mover, MHI has also delivered APM systems for MIA's North Terminal, Washington Dulles International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The company also offers services in Asia and the Middle East, with systems completed in Hong Kong, Singapore (Changi), Korea (Incheon) and the UAE (Dubai).
Image: The current APM system at MIA links the airport with the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), a multi-modal transportation hub. Photo: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.