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Washington DC, January 26, 2010 — Passengers at Dulles International Airport now enjoy the convenience of being whisked to their gates on sleek, spacious and speedy underground trains supplied by SCOA and partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). The AeroTrain became operational on January 26, 2010, replacing the old “mobile lounges” that travelers had come to know.
Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) worked with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to construct an Automatic People Mover (APM) system at Washington Dulles International Airport. SCOA was selected for this project by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).
The $200 million contract included design, engineering, construction, and vehicle delivery as well as operations and maintenance of the new system for five years. Sumitomo worked with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to supply and build the APM after SCOA won the APM project in a competitive process supervised by the MWAA.
The APM system has four stations, and the trains ride on rubber wheels below ground for some two miles. It connects the Dulles Main Terminal with Concourse A, B and C. Departing passengers using the secure APM system will have already cleared security, and they will remain "secure" during their brief ride to terminals and gates.
" APMs speed the flow of people and play a valuable role in the future efficiency and security of our nation's airports," said Gino Antoniello, SCOA vice president for transportation systems. "We are pleased to introduce the Crystal Mover APM to D.C. and be part of this important project in the nation's capital."
The clean lines and unique diamond shape of the Crystal Mover makes it an aerodynamic work of art. It is a pleasing, high-quality system with a solid record for efficient, safe operation 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 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.