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Future For Old IAH WEDway Inter-Terminal Train?  
User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6439 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3149 times:

Yes, I know I have been doing a few threads on airport people movers. I was wondering, does anyone know what will be the future for IAH's old WEDway Inter-Terminal Train? This is one of the worst APM systems in the world, as the vehicles are small, old, slow, and jerky. This was the only WEDway train that was installed outside of a Disney property.

Since the newer TerminaLink APM will soon be extended to Terminal A, this raises questions on whether the old WEDway Inter-Terminal Train should still exist. However, only the WEDway Inter-Terminal Train still connects to the Marriott Hotel, which is of course located outside of the secure zone of the airport.


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User currently offlinedrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5162 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Its supposed to stay indefinitely, as it does connect the Marriott and airport employees use the train. The masterplan at IAH calls for an ATL setup, but I doubt that will come to fruition as the above ground terminalink hinders efficiency. I don't know the operation of the inter terminal train affects the bottom line though.


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User currently offlinejunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

I think it will be needed even after TerminaLink is finished. TerminaLink will finally solve the interline connection problem at IAH with a security-side link up of the terminals, but there would still be no way to get landside between terminals A/B and the C/D/E complex without the old WEDway.

User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6439 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

If there is still need for a landside people mover, I wonder if anything can really replace the old WEDway people mover. The existing tunnels are too narrow for a Bombardier Innovia APM 100/200 or a Mitsubishi Crystal Mover. It will have to be replaced eventually, and because there is nothing on the market that can currently replace it, the only solution would be to widen the tunnels.


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User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

Quoting drerx7 (Reply 1):
The masterplan at IAH calls for an ATL setup, but I doubt that will come to fruition as the above ground terminalink hinders efficiency

Do you mean that in your opinion the masterplan will not come to fruition at all or that the people mover will not be underground similar to what you see at ATL? Actually, I am pretty sure that the plan will go through, though funding is probably delaying the project for years longer.


User currently offlinedrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5162 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Quoting Adam T. (Reply 4):

Do you mean that in your opinion the masterplan will not come to fruition at all or that the people mover will not be underground similar to what you see at ATL?

I don't think that it will come to fruition in its current iteration. The masterplan entails ATL like concourse - that would require that the above ground TerminaLink would have to be destroyed (as it is not high enough to clear aircraft) and the roads completely redone. What I could see is just several fingers a la Terminal E. It would be 50 years before IAH looked like ATL and I don't think its justifiable. Lets just get Terminal B reconstruction begun and go from there.



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6439 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Quoting drerx7 (Reply 5):
(as it is not high enough to clear aircraft)

Interstingly, PHX is planning a 100-feet high Bombardier Innovia APM 200 people mover that goes above one of the taxiways.



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