Alstom, a global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has signed a seven-year, $265 million contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Newark Liberty International Airport to provide operations and maintenance services for AirTrain Newark.
The contract, which is a renewal, runs through January 2030 and includes an option for one additional year.
Under the agreement, Alstom will be responsible for 24-hour train operations and dispatching, maintenance of the vehicle fleet, station doors, guideways, power distribution systems, car wash, signaling systems and facilities.
The fleet is composed of 15 Innovia monorail trains, of six cars each, serving six stations, including the new Terminal A, along the nearly three miles of elevated guideway. The system not only operates between the airport’s terminals, but also connects the airport with rental car facilities, hotel shuttles and central parking lots, as well as with other transit systems and services such as New Jersey Transit and Amtrak.
Last year, nearly 10 million passengers rode the AirTrain, with an average daily ridership of around 26,000. To accommodate the high passenger volumes, the system operates 24/7, 365 days a year. Full automation of the system provides improved safety, high reliability, higher capacity with shorter headways between trains and lower maintenance costs.
Michael Keroullé, president of Alstom Americas, said the French company is pleased to continue the partnership.
“Our industry-leading Innovia airport system has been moving travelers and employees between terminals at Newark airport safely and reliably since 1997,” he said. “Building upon the knowledge gathered over more than 25 years and our worldwide leadership of operation and maintenance of automated people movers, our service delivery team will continue to focus on maintaining the AirTrain Newark’s high performance levels and supporting the best possible passenger mobility experience at the airport.”