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Bombardier Awarded 10 Year Contract For PANYNJ's Newark Airtrain

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BOMBARDIER AWARDED 10 YEAR OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES CONTRACT FOR AIRTRAIN AT NEW LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Bombardier Transportation announced that it has signed a contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for a further 10 years and a capital asset upgrade program to ensure the system continues to perform optimally. The contract is valued at approximately $243 million US (197 million euro) began on August 3, 2012. The AirTrain system at Newark Liberty International Airport first opened in 1996 – the world’s first fully automated monorail system at an international airport. A fleet of 12 six-car BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 100 trains originally served three airport terminals, three stations at remote parking lots and a rental car centre via a 3 km dedicated, dual-lane elevated guideway. Since then, the system has been extended to the North East Corridor (NEC) rail line, increasing its length to 4.7 km, and the fleet expanded to 18 six-car trains. With more than 100 operations and maintenance specialists on site, Bombardier has provided O&M services on the system since it opened. More than 33 million passengers travelled through the airport last year. To accommodate the high passenger volumes, the system operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Building upon the knowledge gathered over the past 16 years, Bombardier is addressing the challenge of improving the performance and extending the life of the system beyond 2020. The asset upgrade works announced today will involve the overhaul of key sub-systems including the vehicles, track work, communications, power distribution systems and the maintenance recovery vehicle.(Bombardier - posted 8/06)

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Well seeing how the technology used by AirTrain was pretty much designed by, built by, and available only from Bombardier..

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Well seeing how the technology used by AirTrain was pretty much designed by, built by, and available only from Bombardier..

 

That's JFK, and there's other automated people mover builders around. Newark was supposed to be built by a company called Von Roll, but they sold their monorail business to Adtranz either before it was built or as it was being built, and Adtranz completed it. And as you know, Adtranz was taken over by Bombardier. JFK is a completely different (and better) system than Newark, Newark is a slow monorail that shouldn't still be around IMO, JFK uses conventional rails, with the cars propelled by a linear induction motor that pushes against that metal strip in the middle of the track. Most APM systems (such as DFW Skylink, Miami Metromover, etc.) use rubber tires though like a car would and run along a concrete guideway.

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