APM History & Facts
The Automated People Mover (APM) System at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport opened for service in September of 1980. The system was originally built by Westinghouse. As a result of acquisitions and mergers with other companies, the system has been operated and maintained under the brand of AEG, Daimler-Chrysler and presently by Bombardier. Irrespective of the company name, since its inception, the same loyal people have designed, maintained and upgraded the system from both here in Atlanta and from the corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. Over the years, the system has seen fleet expansions from 12 to 59 cars, extensions to the international concourse, two generations of replacement vehicles, and numerous system upgrades. The City of Atlanta's total Capital Investment in the APM system to date is over $800 million.
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International APM is one of the busiest and most complex systems of its kind in the world. The 59-vehicle fleet operates over 20 hours each day, seven days a week and moves over 200,000 passengers daily between the domestic and international terminal buildings and seven airside concourses, with less than two-minute wait times between trains.
The System operates in an underground spine, which connects the domestic and international terminal building and the separate concourses. Even with high-volume traffic and critical operation schedules, the system consistently surpasses the 99.5 percent contract availability target.
Slightly more than 85% of all passengers choose to ride the APM trains consisting of four vehicles, each designed to accommodate approximately 75 people with carry-on luggage, strollers, or those requiring wheelchairs. System capacity is currently rated at 8,510 passengers per direction, per hour. The APM is fully automated, with six LED signs per vehicle displaying information in eight languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Korean)