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Innovia people mover and monorail: Efficient solutions for urban and airport transit

Innovia at a glance

  • Fully automated eco-friendly solutions for efficient and reliable operations
  • Exceptional route flexibility and seamless insertion into existing environments
  • Mass transit solutions with fast implementation times
  • Quiet solutions that protect residents’ privacy for operation in dense areas
  • An unprecedented track record in performance and safety
  • More than 50 years of experience

Alstom’s Innovia™ portfolio of fully driverless automated people movers (APM) and monorails embody the evolution of successful and dependable transit operations over many years. Designed to specially serve airports, rapidly growing cities and dense urban areas, Innovia solutions operate on dedicated guideways. This ensures a smooth service that does not interfere with surrounding road or runway traffic. The solutions are characterised by exceptional route flexibility, outstanding availability and high efficiency in terms of passenger capacity, energy consumption and land use.

Scalable Innovia APM solution and seamless Innovia monorail solution. © ALSTOM SA 2023. Sowhen

The latest evolution of proven technology

Innovia APM and monorail solutions offer quick, comfortable and convenient service for commuters within cities, to and from airports or between airport terminals. APM trains are made up of single cars that are coupled together, which gives a lot of operational flexibility. People movers can operate elevated, at ground or underground, whereas the monorail’s infrastructure is entirely elevated, giving its passengers a unique travel experience across the city. Innovia monorails are fixed units with walk-through interiors for even greater passenger comfort.

World-leading performance

From London to Guangzhou, Phoenix to Dubai, our rubber-tyre APM and monorail systems transport thousands of passengers reliably, quickly and safely every day. It is an efficient service designed to carry up to 1,150 passengers per train, and it has an exceptional route flexibility allowing for tight bends (22m) and steep gradients (6 per cent) at speeds of up to 80 km/h. Shortest headways significantly reduce travel times for passengers. Windows that can mist over when the vehicles operate close to residential buildings, protecting residents’ privacy, make Innovia solutions ideally suited for dense urban areas.

Exceptional route flexibility of Innovia APM solution. © ALSTOM SA 2023. Sowhen
Innovia monorail on track in Cairo, Egypt. © ALSTOM SA. Ezz Production House

Minimised land usage and fast construction

Both Innovia systems provide efficient and cost-effective solutions for growing cities. Quiet vehicles wind their way through existing infrastructure on dedicated guideways. The guideway structure is built off-site for fast assembly on-site. Its lightweight design minimises land usage, CO2 emissions and cost, and disruption for civil construction. 

Wide range of configurations for different capacity needs

Innovia APMs and monorails offer capacities from 150 to 1,150 passengers per train. Configurations from one to six cars for APMs and two to eight cars for monorails ensure efficient and flexible transport capacities for different urban needs. The vehicles feature spacious and open designs, low interior noise and vibrations as well as large windows to create a bright atmosphere and comfortable journey experience. 

The spacious interior of Innovia monorail in São Paulo provides a comfortable mass transit service / @Alstom
The spacious interior of Innovia monorail in São Paulo provides a comfortable mass transit service / @Alstom
Alstom Innovia APM City of Phoenix, Arizona USA
Innovia APM system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. © ALSTOM SA 2012

Optimised for airport operations

In 1971, Alstom installed the world’s first automated people mover system at Tampa airport, US. Since then, Alstom has continued to deliver airport people mover solutions, supporting now a total of 26 airports around the globe, including 12 of the world’s busiest airports. Allowing for shortest headways and ensuring highest availability rates, Innovia APMs are a perfect fit for frequent airport operations. The trains are made up of single cars that are coupled together for very flexible operations; at peak hours, extra cars can be added during operations to increase capacity.

Innovia APM R solution: make the most of previous system investments

The Innovia APM R solution allows for the replacement of the first generation Innovia APM vehicles by the most modern Innovia APM R vehicles while conserving your already built infrastructure.

Upgrade your existing fleet with award-winning design

By replacing the vehicles of the first generation with the APM R vehicles, customers will benefit in many ways. Improved design and performance of the complete transport system, optimised operational cost and flexibility, no obsolescence issues, latest CBTC technology on the one hand and higher passenger comfort and capacity on the other. This leads to high asset stability without renewing the complete system.

  • Innovia APM R solution: make the most of previous system investments

    The Innovia APM R solution allows for the replacement of the first generation Innovia APM vehicles by the most modern Innovia APM R vehicles while conserving your already built infrastructure.

  • Upgrade your existing fleet with award-winning design

    By replacing the vehicles of the first generation with the APM R vehicles, customers will benefit in many ways. Improved design and performance of the complete transport system, optimised operational cost and flexibility, no obsolescence issues, latest CBTC technology on the one hand and higher passenger comfort and capacity on the other. This leads to high asset stability without renewing the complete system.

>40
Innovia systems delivered worldwide
>50
years of experience in design, build, maintenance and operation of automated systems
~100%
system availability
>2,500
cars worldwide
  • This map shows Alstom’s worldwide Innovia automated people mover (short: APM) and monorail project references.

    In the United States, the map highlights project references for Innovia monorails in Newark Liberty International Airport, Jacksonville, Walt Disney World (Florida), Orlando, Tampa International Airport and Las Vegas.

    Innovia APMs are in service at the airports of Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle, Denver, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Innovia APMs are in service in the US cities of Miami, Williamsburg (Virginia) and Irving.

    There are only two project references displayed for Middle and South America: the Innovia monorails in Sao Paulo, Brazil and in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

    For Europe, the map shows Innovia APMs at the airports of London (Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick), Frankfurt and Munich, Madrid and Rome.

    In Asia Innovia APMs are in service at the airports of Dubai, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing and in the cities of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taipei, Singapore and Cairo. Innovia monorail are in place in Cairo and Bangkok.