Orlando International Airport in the US is planning to build a new automated people mover (APM) system and parking garage to help handle increasing passenger traffic volumes.
The new people mover system is expected to begin operation by 2015; the people mover complex is expected to function as the terminal point for new passenger rail services into the airport.
Intended to replace the existing elevated rail system to move passengers between the terminal and the boarding gates, the new system will connect with a new parking garage and provide the airport with additional capacity until it is ready to build the new south terminal.
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority executive director Phil Brown told local radio station WMFE that the airport is also selecting design and construction firms to build a new APM line and complex to the south.
"We’re going to proceed with getting approvals from the airlines and doing the design work on the people mover complex," Brown said. "We’ve got a schedule we think we can make. In negotiations with All Aboard Florida, they’re going to want to see that in place when they build their station."
The new people mover complex would allow private rail companies like All Aboard Florida to begin a passenger service between Orlando and Miami.
The airport, with current passenger capacity of 35 million per year, is planning to build the new south terminal when passenger traffic reaches 45 million, which is expected by 2017.
Orlando International Airport’s international traffic rose 10.2% during 2012 to 3.7 million passengers, while domestic traffic declined 1.67% compared to 2011, to 31,613,980.
Image: The new automated people mover will replace the existing system and connect with a new parking garage. Photo: Dough4872.