|The new Automated People Mover (APM) System, scheduled
to open first quarter 2005, will unite DFW’s existing
Terminals A, B, C, E, and the new International Terminal
D as well as the future Terminal F. The APM will also
enable DFW to meet its goal of a 30-minute passenger
connection time. Passenger comfort, safety and
convenience have been key considerations during the
design of the APM.
The bi-directional, elevated, dual guideway will span
approximately 26,000 linear feet or 4.81 miles and will
dramatically change the skyline of DFW Airport. Elevated
an average of 50 feet above ground, the guideway will
run on the airside of existing terminals A, B, C, E and
through future Terminals D and F. When complete, DFW’s
APM will be the largest of its kind.
Building this guideway, constructed of concrete and
structural steel, while airlines continue their
operations has been a challenge for the APM team. Each
terminal will contain two APM stations approximately 460
feet long. The stations come equipped with synchronized
doors, passenger information systems, escalators,
stairs, and elevators. The station interior at platform
level provides easy access and wayfinding to the trains.
The Automatic Train Control System ensures that trains
adhere to specific operating schedules, which will make
the longest trip between the farthest two stations less
than nine minutes, with an average ride of five minutes.
With headways of two minutes in both directions,
passengers will find the APM not only expedient but
To provide excellent ride quality, DFW Airport has
purchased 64 cars, suspended on rubber-tires and
operated by an Automatic Train Control System from
Bombardier. These cars, traveling in pairs of speeds up
to 35 miles per hour, make DFW’s fleet the largest
airport fleet in the United States. On day one, 24-two
car trains will be fully operational and will be able to
transport 5,000 passengers per hour, per direction.
Ultimately, this system will be able to transport 8,500
passengers per hour, per direction.
With connecting passengers comprising 65 percent of
DFW’s customers, the speed, safety and convenience of
DFW’s new Automated People Mover System will send DFW
Airport to the forefront of passenger transportation.