Parsons nabs O’Hare automated people mover contract

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Parsons has been selected by the city of Chicago's Department of Aviation to replace and expand O'Hare International Airport's Automated Transit System (ATS) on a design-build basis.


Parsons will manage construction of the project, which involves replacement of the existing ATS between terminals and a 2,000-ft. extension to service the new consolidated rental car station, as well as expansion of the maintenance and storage facility and replacement of the existing 15-vehicle fleet with 36 new rail cars with automated vehicle control, traction power and communications improvements. Parsons will also self-perform the design for the traction power, communications and trackwork while performing systems integration and commissioning work for the entire project.

“Parsons is pleased to partner with Chicago’s Department of Aviation on this important project at O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world,” said Todd Wager, Parsons Group president. “The airport ATS replacement and expansion project will save time and enhance convenience for the many travelers to Chicago.”

O’Hare International Airport’s ATS is a three-mile, dual-lane, fully automated, driverless rail system that operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week among the airport’s four airline terminals and Parking Lot E. The ATS expansion will replace bus curbside pickup of rental car customers, mitigating traffic congestion and improving air quality through the reduction of vehicle emissions.

This $310-million project is Parsons’ third design-build automated people mover (APM) project. Parsons has also provided construction management services on numerous other APMs.

Categories: C&S, OFF Track Maintenance, Rapid Transit/Light Rail