Tampa APM System

Moving to the Future—Building on the Past

The first airport automated people mover went into service at the Tampa International Airport in the early 1970s as part of an innovative terminal design. Since that time APM and ATS technology has experienced major technological advances and these systems have been used in numerous applications. As we move to the future, what have we learned and what changes in technology and applications do we envision?

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    Easy Come Easy Go

    Here is a classic promotional cartoon from the late 60s / early 70s unveiling the new Tampa International Airport’s ground breaking design.  Watch the happy passenger take the APM ride to his gate “in less than a minute in silent, automatic, air conditioned comfort.  It beats walking and it’s faster than running!”

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    The World’s Most Modern Airport

    Here is some great early 70s, vintage, black and white footage of a family arriving at Tampa and riding the original APM cars to the main terminal. Is that a Boeing 727?

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    Virtual Tour of Tampa International Airport Expansion — Part 1

    Here’s the arriving passenger’s perspective. From the baggage claim to people mover to rental car center, Tampa International Airport takes you on a virtual tour through their historic Master Plan expansion. Very impressive!

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    Virtual Tour of Tampa International Airport Expansion — Part 2

    Here’s the departing passenger’s perspective. From the rental car center to people mover to baggage claim, Tampa International Airport takes you on a virtual tour through their historic Master Plan expansion. Looking forward to riding the new APM system next year!

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Important Dates

May 30
2017
Abstracts Due
Jun 20
2017
Author Notification
Aug 15
2017
Draft Papers Due
Oct 31
2017
Final Papers Due
Nov 21
2017
Speaker Registration Deadline

Conference Committee

Craig Elliot, A.M. ASCE, Chair
Lea+Elliot, Inc.
Bill Sproule, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Michigan Tech University
Brian McKeehan, P.E., F.ASCE
Gresham, Smith and Partners
Kari Goetz
Tampa Airport
Lawrence Smith, P.E., F.ASCE
T&DI Standards Council
Murthy V.A. Bondada, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.ITE
Epic Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC