DFW Airport Debuts First APM Train System

May 08, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW, Dallas, TX) debuted its first automated people mover (APM) train system car, a 39ft, 69-passenger, electric-powered vehicle that will transport travelers between DFW's existing four terminals and future terminals with an average passenger ride time of five minutes.

The 64-car system, supplied by Bombardier Transportation (Montreal, Canada) will travel in pairs at speeds reaching 35mph with the capability of transporting 5,000 passengers per hour in each direction on the first day it moves. Ultimately, the system will go to trains of four cars each and be capable of transporting 8,500 passengers per hour in each direction.

DFW CEO Jeff Fegan stated, "Our people-mover system will completely revolutionize travel around DFW Airport and give our passengers faster service and quicker connecting options as they navigate the world's third-busiest airport. The system will be secure and simple to use, covering nearly five miles of track. We believe it's one more reason our 60-million passengers per year will make DFW their airport of choice."