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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport SkyTrain

A large component of the airport's capital expansion program is the design and construction of a consolidated rental agency complex (ConRAC) and an elevated APM system to link the ConRAC to the main terminal. This 1.5-mile, dual-lane, pinched-loop system will cross rapid transit and freight rail tracks, and I-285, en route from the terminal building to an intermediate stop at a new convention center and then on to the ConRAC facility.

Lea+Elliott provided APM systems expertise as a subconsultant to Hartsfield Transportation Group (HTG, a joint venture including Jordan Jones & Goulding, Edwards and Kelcey, and US Infrastructure). Lea+Elliott's initial role was to validate the earlier system planning and lead the preparation of a facilities design criteria manual, and to develop procurement documents.

The team prepared performance specifications, contract documents, and reference drawings for the APM operating system, guideway structure, and maintenance facility, and assisted with the preparation of the Request for Qualifications and the Request for Proposals. These latter documents included the definition of the submittal requirements and the team prepared detailed evaluations of both the Expressions of Interest and Proposals.

Our team provided review and oversight services to the city during construction. We were specifically responsible for APM operating system elements including submittal reviews; design reviews for vehicles, train control, operations, maintenance equipment, maintenance facility and guideway equipment; interface coordination; and testing and acceptance oversight.

The system successfully opened in 2009.