Early in 2011, RailWorks Track Systems finished work at Miami International Airport on MIA Mover, its third rubber-tired automated people mover (APM) system project in 12 months.
RailWorks Track Systems constructed the 1.27-mile, dual-track elevated automated people mover system connecting Miami International Airport with a new on-site rental car center. The $259 million design-build project has the capacity to transport more than 3,000 passengers per hour between Miami International Airport and the rental car center.
RailWorks worked as a subcontractor to joint venture partners Parsons-Odebrecht to construct the 1.27-mile, dual-track, elevated APM system. While the work was similar to APM projects completed at Miami’s American Airlines terminal and the Dulles International Airport in 2010, the MIA Mover’s location outside on an elevated guideway created some additional complexity.
Extra attention to planning was required as every segment of 40-foot marked beam was positioned by crane into its designated spot on the guideway structure. Crews later bolted the guidance system together and attached the side-mounted guide beams to posts using specially made brackets. In addition to the guidance system, crews installed 28,000 linear feet of power rail and six switches. They also constructed the wash platform for the APM vehicles.
Originally a 12-month project, the construction schedule was compressed to eight months due to delays in installing the guideway and plinths. During October and November 2010, night and day shifts worked 10 hours a day, seven days a week to accelerate the schedule.
The project was honored with an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) award, the first construction project in the Southeast to receive such recognition. This voluntary program recognizes exemplary employers and workers who cooperate to effectively implement safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national industry averages. The MIA Mover project earned this recognition after submitting to self-evaluations, completing rigorous onsite evaluations by OSHA safety and health experts and being measured against performance-based criteria for a managed safety and health system.