MIAMI, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., received an order from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) to supply four (4) additional cars and implement a new guideway crossover for the MIA Mover Automated People Mover (APM) system. The 1.25-mile long system, which opened in September 2011, runs between the Miami International Airport terminals and the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) – an off-airport multi-modal transportation hub that includes rental car facilities and transfers to regional rail and bus lines. The MIA Mover APM system was awarded ENR Magazine's 2012 "Best of the Best" award for Safety, as well as its "Global Best Projects" Award of Merit. Delivery of the new vehicles is scheduled for 2016.
MHIA supplied the eight (8) existing, fully-automated, rubber-tired "Crystal Mover" APM cars that operate on the system and will be responsible for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the additional cars. MHIA, together with its subsidiary Crystal Mover Services, Inc., will continue to reliably operate and maintain the system, which regularly exceeds system availability requirements. MHIA also supplied twenty (20) cars for the North Terminal Skytrain, another APM system at Miami International Airport that is also operated and maintained under a contract with CMS.
The increasing daily usage and successful operation of the MIA Mover APM system has resulted in significant growth in system ridership far beyond estimated levels, which has prompted the necessary capacity expansion.
"We are very pleased with the reliability, safety, and performance of Mitsubishi's APMs at Miami International Airport and the dependable service and support that we have received from both Mitsubishi and Crystal Mover Services," said Mr. Carlos Jose, Assistant Aviation Director for the Airport. "We have full confidence in MHIA and CMS and look forward to continue working with them to make this system expansion a success."
"We are proud of our success at Miami International Airport and are honored to receive this additional car order from MDAD," said Mr. Darin Friedmann, Vice President and General Manager for MHIA's Transportation Systems Division. "This is further testament to the exceptionally high operational performance, safety, and reliability of Mitsubishi's Crystal Mover technology as well as our commitment to delivering the highest levels of customer service to MDAD. We are looking forward to working together with MDAD to ensure the smooth and successful integration of these new cars with minimal impacts to existing system operations."
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is the largest APM supplier in the world, having been selected, in total, to supply almost 850 APM cars. Since 1981, Mitsubishi has delivered sixteen (16) APM systems with an additional two (2) large scale urban metro APMs under implementation, including the Macau Light Rapid Transit APM system – the single largest APM order in the industry.
Mitsubishi's award-winning APM systems are in operation at several of the world's largest and top-ranked airports, including Changi International Airport (Singapore), Incheon International Airport (South Korea), Hong Kong International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Miami International Airport, as well as in numerous urban applications. Furthermore, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries received an order for 108 new cars for the Yurikamome Waterfront APM system in Tokyo in 2010, 110 cars for the Macau Light Rapid Transit APM system in 2011, and an order for an additional 16 cars and system upgrades for the Senkang-Punggol APM system in Singapore earlier this year.
In addition to the above, further upgrades to existing lines and expansion of transportation capacity are under development at numerous projects on a global scale. Building upon this record of success, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries remains at the forefront of supplying reliable, safe, and innovative transportation systems that will continue to drive the worldwide market and contribute to a more sustainable future.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd, (MHI) a publicly held Japanese corporation. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and founded in 1870, MHI is one of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated sales of 2,817.8 billion yen in fiscal 2012. MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space systems and air-conditioning systems. MHI is also a global leader in delivering proven transportation solutions, with several decades of experience successfully supplying a broad range of advanced transportation systems for urban (intra-city and inter-city) and airport applications. MHI's transportation systems have already safely and efficiently transported hundreds of millions of passengers worldwide.
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