• Train on rails
  • Crane at terminal
  • workers at rail
  • workers on hydraulic lifter
  • worker on rail
  • workers on hydraulic lifter
  • workers under bridge
  • Workers on hydraulic lifter under bridge
  • View of train on bridge
  • View from train window
  • View from window
AirTrain inspections increase safety and efficiency

An automated people mover (APM) is a fully automated, grade-separated mass transit system. The term generally refers to any system that accommodates a relatively small number of people between two or more destinations of comparatively short distances, such as to and from terminals, transit and parking areas on airport properties.

Challenge

AirTrain Newark and AirTrain JFK are the two APM systems that facilitate passenger movement to, from and within the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, respectively. To ensure the continued safety and efficiency of the APMs, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioned Ammann & Whitney, a Louis Berger company, to conduct inspections of the two systems.

Solution

At Newark Liberty International Airport, Ammann & Whitney completed the inspection of approximately four miles of the AirTrain Newark guideway between the facility’s terminals and parking lots as well as more than two miles of the Northeast Corridor extension guideway. At JFK, the firm inspected the 3.6-mile-long Central Terminal portion of the Howard Beach line sections of the JFK AirTrain guideway structure.

Following the inspections, Ammann & Whitney prepared recommendations for repairing existing deficiencies and maintaining the guideway structures in the future.

Combined, nearly 20,000 passengers ride the two AirTrains daily.