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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport APMs


Lea+Elliott provided services for the analysis, planning, and conceptual design of a landside APM system to connect the airport’s main terminal to a remote parking/rental car facility. We developed and analyzed alternatives for the Hub Tram that included below grade, at-grade, aerial, and combination alignments. This work resulted in a cable-propelled, dual-lane shuttle with two station stops running completely below grade. We also developed the requirements for the fixed facilities and devised a procurement strategy that conformed rigidly to all legal and contractual constraints. Our teams provided implementation phase services, including project management, interface assistance, design quality oversight, installation and manufacturing oversight, and acceptance testing and demonstration.


The Green Concourse Tram is an elevated, cable-propelled, single-lane shuttle system with bypass that utilizes a fleet of two, two-car trains. Due to this unique configuration, we recommended an innovative detachable-grip cable technology. Our services for this leading edge, cable-propulsion APM system, included: analysis, planning, conceptual design, contract documents, procurement, design review, testing oversight, and administration. We also provided follow-on system operation and maintenance support after commencement of revenue service.