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CONRAC Cars Sure to Put Riders in a Comfort Zone
John McCullough

Comfort is part of the design DNA for the new rail cars that will shuttle passengers among Hartsfield-Jackson, the under-construction Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) and the Georgia International Convention Center.

A team of Hartsfield-Jackson engineers recently traveled to the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plant in Mihara, Japan, to test the rail cars that will be used on the elevated rail line.

Hartsfield-Jackson Engineers at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plant in Japan.

“Customers will enjoy the comfort these cars will provide,” said Airport Design Representative Gary Summerlin. “The cars run on pneumatic tires vs. traditional rail system wheels, which will offer passengers a quieter ride.”

CONRAC, a component of Hartsfield-Jackson’s Capital Improvement Program that also includes a new international terminal, will house all rental car operations. Combined with the elevated rail track, CONRAC will ultimately help improve vehicle traffic and ease congestion around the Airport. The shuttle will have a top speed of 45 mph, and a one-way trip to the CONRAC facility from the main terminal is expected to take about five minutes.

The first four rail cars will arrive in Atlanta this month. CONRAC is scheduled to open in November 2009.

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