McCarran International Airport Automated People Movers
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Automated people mover at McCarran
Overview
TypePeople mover
LocaleMcCarran International Airport serving Las Vegas
Stations4
Services3
Operation
OpenedGreen Line: 1985
Blue Line: 1998
Red Line: 2012
Operator(s)Clark County Department of Aviation
CharacterServes sterile parts of the airport
Rolling stock16 Bombardier Innovia APM 100 vehicles
Technical
Line length1.15 mi (1.85 km)
Track length.27 mi (0.43 km) (Green Line)
.65 mi (1.05 km) (Blue Line)
.23 mi (0.37 km) (Red Line)
Route map

Legend
Automated People Movers
Terminal 1
Terminal 3
Concourse C
Concourse D

The McCarran International Airport People Movers are three separate automatic people mover systems operating at McCarran International Airport near Las Vegas, Nevada. The people mover system consists of three separate lines: the Green Line connecting the Main Terminal to the C Gate Concourse, the Blue Line connecting the Main Terminal to the D Gate Concourse, and the Red Line connecting the D Gates Concourse to Terminal 3.

The lines were branded to their current names in 2016. This was done to lessen passengers' confusion as to which line to take from the D Gates to baggage claim.[1]

Lines

Train at C Gates
McCarran terminal/concourse map

Green Line

The Green Line was the first people mover line at the airport, opening in 1985. It connects Terminal 1 with the C Gate Concourse, which primarily serves Southwest Airlines. The Green Line features two parallel quarter-mile tracks each with two-car trains running back and forth between the two stations. In 2008, the line's original Adtranz C-100 vehicles were replaced with the current Bombardier Innovia APM 100 (formerly CX-100) vehicles.[2]

Blue Line

The Blue Line is the longest of the three lines and it connects the Terminal 1 building with the satellite D Gate Concourse. Similar to the Green Line, the Blue Line consists of two kilometer-long parallel tracks with trains shuttling back and forth between the two stations. The Blue Line opened in 1998 when the D Gates Concourse opened. Each train on the Blue Line includes three cars. When the Green Line fleet was replaced, the Blue Line's original vehicles were also replaced with Bombardier Innovia APM 100 vehicles in early 2009.[2]

Red Line

Terminal 3 is connected to the D Gates Concourse via the Red Line. Like the two prior lines, the Red Line consists of two tracks, each with a three-car train shuttling back and forth between the two stations. The third line also uses Bombardier Innovia APM 100 vehicles.[2] Like The Plane Train at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the DIA Shuttle at Denver International Airport, the line is Completely Underground.

Future

In August 2015 it was announced seven gates of Concourse D will be converted to international gates. A 1,000 feet (300 m) walkway was constructed between these gates and the customs facilities in Terminal 3. The link was completed in 2017.[3][4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Velotta, Richard N. (January 17, 2016). "Pay attention when in McCarran's Terminal 3". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Automated people mover system - Las Vegas, USA (Bombardier Transportation) Archived 2008-11-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Velotta, Richard N. (August 29, 2015). "Las Vegas, Denver considered for nonstop China flights". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on October 12, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Cologne Bonn’s Pobeda cake creation is celebrated at Routes Americas; Friedrichshafen delighted with Route of the Week win". Anna.aero. February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016.

External links

  • McCarran International Airport Homepage
  • YouTube Video of the D Gate Train