Often found in airports and sometimes in entertainment, institutions, or downtown areas, automated people movers (APM) serve as local transit networks. They usually consist of small cars on a fixed guideway with a dedicated right of way (to allow automated operation).
List of APM Systems Worldwide
AirTrain JFK Map 8.1 miles 10 stations $1.9 billion cost per mile: $235 million
This $1.5 billion (excluding financing costs) airport link project has been classified as light rail, but the innovative characteristics defy a single category. This 8.1 mile system will link the terminals of JFK with outer parking areas, the Long Island Railroad at Jamaica Bay, and the A-line of the NYC Subway at Howard Beach. It is mostly elevated, rides on rails, and uses linear induction motors for propulsion -- the most similar system in operation today is Vancouver's SkyTrain. The central terminal link and Howard Bay link open 2002, while the Jamaica Bay links is scheduled to open 2003. The maximum design speed of the automated rapid transit (ART) system is 68 mph.
AirTrain Newark Map 2.0 miles 8 stations
This 2.9 mile monorail links the outer parking areas, airport terminals, and train station where passengers can take NJ Transit commuter trains to Newark, connecting to PATH trains, and the NYC Subway. The monorail is automated, and runs with a maximum speed of 30 mph, but cruises at 22-27 mph. Expected 2002 daily ridership: 27,600.
MDT - Metromover Map 4.4 miles 21 stations $381 million cost per mile: $87 million
JTA - Sky Way Map
Detroit People Mover Map
Rapid Transit System
This new $34 million system will connect the Methodist Hospital and the campuses
of Indiana University Medical Center and
Riley Hospital for Children. The total distance of 1.5 miles is covered by two sleek monorails. The system has a maximum design speed of 30 mph.
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