IAH Automated People Mover System Expansion


City of Houston, Department of Aviation

IAH Automated People Mover System Expansion


The passenger experience at George Bush Intercontinental Airport needed an upgrade. Maneuvering between the north and south concourse meant enduring the inconvenience of having to leave and re-enter through security. Service between Terminal A and the other terminals was conducted primarily via bus from the tarmac. The airport identified the need to build Phase 3 of their Automated People Mover (APM) between Terminals A and B to improve the customer experience.

The project included an elevated APM guideway, an APM station, and an elevated secure pedestrian corridor to allow passengers to travel between the concourses. The design and construction teams faced two significant challenges: maintaining airport operations throughout construction and working around existing facilities. The guideway expansion had to seamlessly connect to the existing Terminal B guideway and the maintenance facility. The APM station was located above two existing bridges that remained in-service throughout construction. The pedestrian corridor connected the north and south concourses while weaving its way over an active roadway, and between a parking garage ramp and the terminal building. Working around existing foundations and underground utilities created many unforeseen issues that were resolved quickly through continual communications with the construction manager and contractor.

To maintain airport operations, Walter P Moore provided traffic control plans for construction as well as transportation planning for vehicles during this time. Keeping safety in mind, temporary vehicle detours, bus/taxi cab schedules, and pedestrian traffic were all modified.