Berlin—The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has awarded Bombardier Transportation a 10-year, $243-million operations and maintenance (O&M) contract at the Newark Liberty International Airport.
According to Bombardier, the contract will see the company provide O&M services and a capital asset upgrade program to the airport’s AirTrain system over the next decade.
The AirTrain system at Newark airport first opened in 1996 and, according to Bombardier, was the world’s first fully automated monorail system at an international airport.
A fleet of 12 six-car Bombardier Innovia Monorail 100 trains originally served three airport terminals, three stations at remote parking lots and a rental car centre running on a three-kilometre dedicated, dual-lane elevated guideway.
Since its inauguration the system has been extended to the North East Corridor (NEC) rail line, increasing its length to 4.7-kilometres, and the fleet expanded to 18 six-car trains.
With more than 100 operations and maintenance specialists on site, Bombardier has provided O&M services on the system since it opened.
More than 33-million passengers traveled through the airport last year.
To accommodate the high passenger volumes, the system operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Bombardier is addressing the challenge of improving the performance and extending the life of the system beyond 2020.
The asset upgrade works announced today will involve the overhaul of key sub-systems including the vehicles, track work, communications, power distribution systems and the maintenance recovery vehicle.
Bombardier has similar systems installed in Frankfurt, Germany; Rome, Italy; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Madrid, Spain; Atlanta; New York City (JFK Airport); Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Denver; Houston; Miami; Orlando; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; Sacramento; Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.; and Tampa, Florida.