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Atlanta – December 2009 — SCOA recently celebrated the opening of its new Automated People Mover (APM) system connecting the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with two other key facilities. SCOA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) together with Archer Western Contractors, Inc./Capital Contracting Company, Inc., J.V. were selected by the City of Atlanta to construct this APM system, with the SCOA/MHIA team acting as systems supplier and coordinating maintenance operations.
The contract, valued at approximately $191 million, included the design, engineering and construction of the project, which covered the construction of an elevated guideway, a maintenance & storage facility, systems integration, quality control services, vehicle delivery, as well as operations and maintenance of the new system. The new APM system consists of Mitsubishi's rubber wheel Crystal Mover vehicles that runs on a 1.5 mile double-track, elevated guide way, with three station stops: one at the existing concourse at the airport, one at the convention center at the City of College Park, and the last at the new Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC).
The clean lines and unique diamond shape of the Crystal Mover make it an aerodynamic work of art. It is a pleasing, high-quality system with a solid record for efficient, safe operations in a wide range of environments. The Crystal Mover's high-tech interiors provide exceptional visibility and a smooth, comfortable ride..
Sumitomo has 50 years of contract management experience in bringing transportation systems to life. As a prime contractor, the company has developed, managed and delivered commuter rail transit systems for Chicago's Metra, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, the Maryland Department of Transportation, California's CALTRANS Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the Los Angeles County MTA, the Virginia Railway Express, and has supplied Automated People Mover (APM) systems for the Washington Dulles International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Miami International Airport’s new North Terminal, and is working on delivering a second APM system for the Airport’s MIA Mover. Sumitomo’s global network has been involved in building various types of transit systems around the world, including light rail systems in Manila, Philippines, and APM systems at Hong Kong’s new airport at Chek Lap Kok, and other systems in Japan.