This week the six cars for the South Airport Automated People Mover system arrived at the Orlando International Airport, where they’ll be expected to move thousands of travelers one step closer to their final destinations.
The cars were shipped from Japan to Jacksonville to finally OIA, technicians from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America supervised the lift and placement of the cars. Over the next several months, the trains will undergo thorough testing. When the system becomes operational in the Summer of 2017, it will increase MCO’s capacity by connecting the Main Terminal and the South Airport Complex, which will offer travelers increased parking and check-in options along with future access to multiple rail choices.
Each car are 41 feet long, 12 feet tall and weigh 38,000 pounds empty. They can hold 44 passengers and can travel 42 miles per hour.
Traffic at Orlando International is at an all-time high with 41.5 million annual passengers passing through the airport over the past 12 months. Projections show MCO could end the calendar year with more than 42 million total passengers served. To accommodate the growth, OIA is currently undergoing a multi-billion dollar expansion project which includes the south terminal, an intermodel for rail travel to and from the airport, as well as other security and service oriented improvements.