GS&P Improvements at Tampa International Airport Reach Another Milestone 

Trains for SkyConnect which Connect Terminal to New Rental Car Center Arrive from Japan

July 28, 2017   |   Tampa,  Fla.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces another project milestone in the design and construction of the new Rental Car Center and Automated People Mover (APM) at Tampa International Airport (TPA) – the trains for the new SkyConnect people mover system have arrived from Japan. The 1.4 mile people mover system will connect the main terminal with the new 2.6 million square-foot Rental Car Center.

GS&P is the lead design consultant for the program, which is a part of the current $1 billion modernization at Tampa International Airport. This investment in infrastructure is vital in supporting the rapidly growing number of passengers travelling through the airport. Trains will arrive every two and a half minutes and passengers will enjoy a quick five-minute trip on SkyConnect from the rental car center to the main terminal, including a stop at the Economy Parking Garage which was also designed by GS&P. The initial fleet of trains can transport 2,500 passengers per hour in each direction. SkyConnect will remove an estimated 2.7 million car trips a year from airport roads.
 
“It is very exciting to celebrate the arrival of the trains, which represent continued forward progress and long-term commitment to the highest levels of customer service at Tampa International Airport,” commented Grant J. Clifford, RIBA, LEED AP, senior vice president, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “With the existing rental car facilities at capacity and continued growth of vehicular traffic at the airport, completion of the first phase of TPA’s master plan is a vital component to help alleviate congestion on the airport’s roads and at the terminal curbsides. Not only will airport operations be more efficient and environmentally friendly, SkyConnect has been designed to be very convenient and will further elevate the passenger experience at Tampa International Airport.”
 
The arrival was celebrated with an event at the Port of Tampa on July 17. Speakers included Florida Governor Rick Scott, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Japan Consul General Ken Okaniwa, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Chairman Robert Watkins and Tampa Airport Director Joe Lopano. The trains took 13 months to test and build and traveled 10,910 miles from Japan to Port Tampa Bay. The APM guideway has been threaded carefully through and above the airport’s existing infrastructure. SkyConnect includes three stations and a maintenance facility to support the control, operation and maintenance of the system. More than 6,900 people have worked on the SkyConnect guideway, stations and the new Rental Car Center. 

“It is very exciting to celebrate the arrival of the trains, which represent continued forward progress and long-term commitment to the highest levels of customer service at Tampa International Airport. With the existing rental car facilities at capacity and continued growth of vehicular traffic at the airport, completion of the first phase of TPA’s master plan is a vital component to help alleviate congestion on the airport’s roads and at the terminal curbsides. Not only will airport operations be more efficient and environmentally friendly, SkyConnect has been designed to be very convenient and will further elevate the passenger experience at Tampa International Airport.”

Grant J. Clifford, RIBA, LEED AP, senior vice president, GS&P
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