The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that cable-propelled transport systems leader, Doppelmayr, has been awarded a development contract as part of the first phase of a project to replace Newark Liberty International Airport’s (EWR) AirTrain monorail system.

The contract, which includes 570 million USD for the design and construction and roughly 385 million USD reserved for operation and maintenance, will include the furnishing, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of technology system components, including train control, electrical power, communications, propulsion and Maintenance & Control Facility (MCF) equipment.

This is a rendering of one potential exterior color scheme and nosing design of the Dopplemayr vehicles
A rendering of one potential exterior colour scheme and nosing design of the Dopplemyar vehicles

As part of the contract, Doppelmayr is also required to recruit a locally based workforce, with a focus on hiring workers for future work on the new system’s construction and operation. The company was chosen to deliver the project following a review process stretching from December 2022 to late 2023.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, said:

By advancing the replacement of AirTrain Newark, we further build upon Newark Liberty’s transformation into the modern, world-class airport our region deserves.

This project marks a massive win-win not only for the tens of thousands of passengers who utilize AirTrain Newark daily, but for our residents in adjacent communities as well. While the revamped AirTrain will improve efficiency and connectivity at Newark Liberty, the project will also promote workforce development opportunities and good-paying local jobs, including for minority- and women-owned businesses.

The AirTrain Newark Replacement Program aims to replace the airport’s existing AirTrain system with a modern, 2.5-mile automated people-mover train system, with work expected to conclude in 2029.


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