Skytrain
Skytrain leaving Station 3 near control tower, MIA.jpg
Skytrain leaving Station 3 near control tower.
Overview
TypePeople mover
StatusOperating
LocaleMiami International Airport
Stations4
Services1
Operation
OpenedSeptember 15, 2010
CharacterServes Concourse D
Rolling stockMitsubishi Crystal Mover vehicles
Technical
Highest elevationElevated

The Skytrain is an airside automated people mover system operating at Miami International Airport. It operates within the airport's Concourse D, which is a major international hub for American Airlines. The system, which opened in 2010 as part of an expansion of Concourse D, can transport passengers from end to end of the mile long concourse in five minutes. The Skytrain is one of three separate automated people movers operating at the airport. The others are the MIA Mover, which connects to the Miami Intermodal Center, and the MIA e Train people mover connecting Concourse E's satellite building.

System

The Skytrain's infrastructure, including its track and stations, are located on top of Concourse D. The system serves four stations, which are located at Gates D17, D24, D29 and D46. The system's vehicles, which are used in four-car trains, are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Movers (The same model also operates on the MIA Mover). Two cars on the trains carry domestic passengers throughout the concourse, while the other two are used to transport arriving international passengers who have not yet cleared border customs to the Concourse D Immigration and Customs Facility. This is accomplished by having the stations set up with two separate boarding lobbies.[1]

Incidents

Miami International Airport
Legend
Gates
MIA e Train
Gates
E20–E33
Concourse E
Satellite
Skytrain
Station 4
D40–D60
0E2–E11
Concourse E
Station 3
D26–D39
Concourse F
Concourse G
Concourse H
Station 2
D20–D25
Concourse J
Station 1
D1–D19
SR 953 (
Le Jeune
Road
)
Rental car center
Miami Intermodal Center
MIA Mover

On 22 December 2015, the Skytrain derailed and was shut down temporarily. One of the cars impacted the roof of the concourse and the other car was derailed. The incident occurred as the system was undergoing maintenance. For this reason, the train was empty with the exception of one maintenance worker. The cars were subsequently removed and inspected at a hangar. The Skytrain was reopened on 26 December 2015; the cause of the derailment remained under investigation.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Leposky, George. "Skytrain service takes off at Miami International Airport". Global Travel Industry News. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ Ramos, Domingo. "Skytrain reopens after derailment at Miami International Airport". Local10.com. Retrieved 26 December 2015.

External links

  • Map-Skyride-Terminal D (Miami International Airport)