THE first of 26 new cars has entered service on the automated people mover system at Denver International Airport (DEN). Alstom is supplying a total of 26 Innovia 300R rubber-tyred cars, 16 of which will replace the oldest vehicles in the airport’s existing fleet. When all of the new trains are in service, the fleet will have grown to 41 cars.

The aluminium-bodied cars, built in the United States at Alstom's Pittsburgh facility, are the first of their kind to be deployed in the US and will increase capacity on the 2km automated people mover system, with up to eight four-car trains in service at one time.

DEN is the third busiest airport in the US, and sixth busiest airport in the world. It currently handles 77.8 million passengers per year, a figure set increase to 100 million passengers by 2030.

“Over the next 15-18 months, we will replace more than half of our entire fleet and look to expand the number of train cars that are running at any given time to better meet current and future demand,” says DEN CEO, Mr Phil Washington.

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