Alstom signed a contract with Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to provide operations and maintenance services for the automated people mover (APM) system for the next 10 years, until January 2032. The contract is valued at just over $2.17 million.
Under this contract, Alstom’s scope of work includes ongoing preventive and corrective maintenance of the system’s 64 Innovia APM 200 vehicles, subsystems. and related components, which consists of switches, power distribution, station doors, public address announcements, and station signage. Alstom will also be responsible for the maintenance of the elevated dual-lane guideway, which includes the running surface, guide beam, third rail power and the related switches, the power distribution, guideway heating systems, and the Automatic Train Control equipment.
Alstom and DFW have been working together since 2000 providing the elevated dual-lane guideway APM system. Known as Skylink, the 32-train APM system (64 cars) offers convenient passenger travel in either direction on comfortable, climate controlled Innovia APM vehicles, connecting all five terminals — A, B, C, D, and E. Alstom has provided maintenance support for the SkyLink system since it opened on May 21, 2005. Since its opening, the DFW system has achieved outstanding results in availability, exceeding 99% each year, carrying more than 20 million passengers annually, pre-pandemic.
The driverless Innovia APM is a transportation system specially designed to serve airports and dense urban areas. It offers quick, comfortable, and convenient service for commuters within cities, to and from airports, or between airport terminals. Innovia APM cars operate on a dedicated guideway underground, on ground level, or elevated. This ensures a consistent service that does not interfere with surrounding road or runway traffic. Built on 50 years of successful and dependable operation, Innovia APM systems incorporate modern aesthetics and advanced subsystems for optimized functionality. Over 30 of Alstom’s APM systems have been delivered around the world; Alstom is the maintainer or operator at 18 of the world’s busiest airports.