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    Default New People-Mover Trains For Orlando Airport

    It seems the hard-working airport shuttles (or APMs, for Automated People Mover trains) are due to be replaced in the next year by a new generation of APM. Here's the story:

    FUTURE AUTOMATED PASSENGER TRAIN MODELS UNVEILED AT ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT


    ORLANDO, FL. - For many, the first ride they have when they visit Orlando is not at a theme park but instead on the Automated People Mover (APM) trains that connect the airsides to the main terminal
    building at Orlando International Airport. Now, after over 35 years of service and more than 2.8 million miles, the original APMs are being replaced. Wednesday the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority board
    members unveiled models of the next generation of train that will succeed them.



    The APMs were the vision of John Wycoff, one of the original planners of the airport and former executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. His vision was that the airport should set the stage for
    the visitor’s experience to the excitement of Orlando. An experience that has come to be known as The Orlando Experience.®

    “When I see a parent lean down and tell their child that they are about to take their first ride in Orlando, I can’t help but smile and think that John Wycoff has achieved his vision,” says Stan Thornton, Chief
    Operating Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “It is time to retire the original APM cars and bring in the next generation that will continue to provide that wow moment in welcoming visitors to
    Orlando.”

    “Today’s travelers are sophisticated and they expect the United States’ number one travel destination to provide state-of-the-art amenities and services, these new trains do just that,” says Frank Kruppenbacher,
    Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “These automated people movers are some of the first and last impressions that travelers to Orlando will have of our area so it is our responsibility to make
    sure it is a positive one.”

    The new trains are currently being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry. Along with the replacement trains for airsides 1 and 3, trains are also being constructed for the new Automated People Mover station which is
    currently under construction to the south of the main terminal complex.

    The cost for the replacement trains is $90 million while the cost for the new trains servicing the south are included in the overall $470 million south airport APM Complex project budget.
    The new trains are scheduled to be operational by fall of 2017.

    Extra trivia: The trains being replaced have traveled the equivalent of nearly 6 round trips to the moon!

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    It is part of the "I'm here" moments when you arrive, but it probably is time to replace them. When we arrived in September they had a few problems with doors closing on two of the vehicles.
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