Bombardier Transportation has received a $255 million contract to supply, operate and maintain an automated transit system at the Phoenix international airport in Arizona.
The company will design and supply 18 driverless vehicles and its accompanying electrical and communications system at its facility in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Stage one of the 2.2-mile PHX SkyTrain is scheduled for completion in 2012.
"This is the largest new-start APM (automated people mover) project in North America in a decade and we are confident it will serve as a role model for other cities and airports seeking modern transit solutions," Bombardier vice president of APM Michael Fetsko said.
Bombardier is currently implementing APM systems at airports in Las Vegas, London Gatwick; Atlanta, Georgia and Sacramento, California.
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