cosyr wrote:DenverTed wrote:My longterm solution would be to move runway 35L 2000' to the East. Then they should build a new linear train line to the East ends of all the concourses and a second terminal 2000' East of the current one that lines up with the train line. Then they would have enough room to extend A,B,and C another 1000' East. At the new terminal they could have gates directly off the terminal facing A, and a connected concourse running North-South. Since the alleys are so wide, I assume they could close 1/2 the alley and build it open trench style, and still have one or two taxi lanes open in the alley. I believe the original train lines were dug open trench, and not tunneled.
I'm not sure that moving the runway would be cheaper than just digging trenches under existing taxiways and adding a new train loop, similar to IAD. If you made A, B and C any wider than they are, then you would also have to consider adding trains within each concourse, similar to DTW.
Now that concourse D and E are off the table, they have to fit new terminal, new curbside, and new gates all in the middle. I think they will have to move that runway to fit all of that stuff in the futue. How it all gets configured has lots of options.
I think they will definitely need a new train system from the terminal to rental cars and remote parking lots. From the beginning, I always thought they should have built a parking lot and drop off lot at I-70, and avoid putting all that traffic on Pena Blvd.