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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Skylink

The Skylink system is the largest APM system at any airport in the world. Lea+Elliott developed the concept for this APM and provided counsel and expertise to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) throughout all phases of this enormous project. Skylink required the construction of almost five miles of dual-lane guideway, a maintenance facility, the purchase of 64 cars (Phase I), and automated control equipment for operating the trains. The elevated, fully automated train system provides two independently operating loops, one traveling clockwise, the other counter-clockwise. Each travel direction has an initial capacity of 5,000 passengers per hour per direction, expandable to at least 8,500. This is the first application of the new Bombardier Innovia APM 200 system.