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Testing under way for CONRAC Automated People Mover
By A.B. Snedeker

Construction continues on Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s world-class Consolidated Rental Automobile Complex (CONRAC) to ensure that it will be ready for customers in November. The latest development is the completion of the elevated track and the facility’s Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF), allowing for testing of the Automated People Mover (APM) system.

The APM will speed customers between the Airport terminal and CONRAC in about five minutes, and this testing will ensure that the APM and control system have been installed properly. It also will make sure they will meet operational specifications. In January, a Mitsubishi-manufactured train traveled under its own power between the MSF and the passenger terminal station, a key milestone.

“We will continue our testing of all subsystems to ensure they function to support the overall APM system,” said John Kapala, APM project manager. “Once system testing is complete, the final phase of testing - a full-system demonstration - will begin. To certify that the system is operational, reliable and ready for business, the entire APM system will be run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as if it were in service.”

To pass readiness testing, the APM must meet a reliability rate of at least 98.5 percent for 30 consecutive days. This key testing phase is scheduled for August and September. Final acceptance of the APM system will take place when the system runs for six consecutive months and meets a reliability rate of 99.5 percent.



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