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Passenger Connections

George Bush Intercontinental Airport Automated People Mover
Houston, Texas, USA

“The automated people mover train provides a service that is critical to the timely and efficient movement of tens of thousands of travelers thought IAH and significantly contributes to our mandate to provide top-notch customer service.”

Mario Diaz
Director, Houston Airport System

For the first time, passengers at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport can travel freely between all five terminals.

The balance of functionality and aesthetics serves as a model for integrating airport transportation systems and terminals.

The airport’s automated people mover expansion brings the previously disconnected Terminal A into the system. A secure passenger corridor connects the north and south concourses of the terminal to a new, two-story APM station. An elevated rail system now links all five of the airport’s terminals.

Tapering the 800-foot-long passenger corridor in two directions worked with the airport’s roadways and made the physical and visual experience for users more dynamic, which allowed for lively but restrained ceiling, lighting and flooring solutions.

The site for the APM station was severely constrained. The station needed to be built above two sets of roadways and two bridges, and was adjacent to the terminal building on one side and the concourse and secure wall on the other. The team’s plan sequenced the project so that it did not impact the surrounding roadways and bridges, which needed to continue operating during construction.

The streamlined transport system allows the airport to provide a higher level of customer service to the more than 40 million passengers it serves each year.

The extension project ended three months ahead of schedule and $3 million under budget.


28,400 sq. ft. / 2,600 sq. m.


Construction Services
Graphic Design


1 January 2011
“Final Phase of People Mover Complete at Houston Intercontinental”
Airport Improvement