On September 9, Miami International Airport (MIA), USA, opened a 1.25 mile (2km) long people mover system.
The MIA Mover connects the airport to the Miami Rental Car Center, which was completed in July 2010 by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). There are now 16 rental companies located here.
The MIA Mover, which has a top speed of 40mph (64km/h), can transport over 3,000 passengers an hour free of charge between the two points. By eliminating around 1,400 shuttle bus trips a day, the MIA Mover has reduced the airport’s carbon emissions by 30%.
A day before the mover system’s public opening, an inaugural celebration and preview was held at the airport, attended by over 200 business and community leaders. Officials from Miami-Dade County, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), Parsons-Odebrecht Joint Venture (POJV), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) also attended the event.
Work on the system began in 2009, with POJV constructing the guideway and stations under a design-build contract. Through a subcontract with MHI, a full turnkey operating system was installed with eight Crystal Mover APM vehicles. The project was completed within a budget of $270 million, with investment from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s Capital Improvement Program and from the FDOT.
The MIA Mover and Rental Car Center are both part of FDOT’s Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) project, which is due for completion in 2013.