MIA Mover – Miami, FL

  • Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Project Value

$259 million




Design, Program/Construction Management (PM/CM)

Moving People

To increase capacity, enhance efficiency and safety, reduce delays, and modernize facilities, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners adopted a master plan for Miami International Airport (MIA). A pivotal element of this plan was the construction of an offsite ground transportation hub, the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) and an automated people mover (APM) to transport passengers and airport workers between the MIC and the main airport terminal.

Parsons–Odebrecht Joint Venture (POJV) was selected to implement the APM project—known as the MIA Mover—and was responsible for taking the project from conceptual design to construction completion. Highlights of the 1.25-mi-long APM system include:

  • Capacity of more than 3,000 passengers per hour each way
  • Eight state-of-the-art Crystal Mover vehicles
  • Top speed of 40 miles per hour transports passengers between the main terminal station and the MIC station in about 4 minutes
  • Vehicles are self-propelled and run on tires rather than rails

The driverless system uses proven technology to combine vehicle operation, train control, station and platform doors, power distribution, and communications. The MIA Mover has eliminated a significant number of passenger vehicles from the airport’s roads, reducing carbon emissions by 30% and improving traffic safety.

MIA’S First LEED Project

MIA Mover is the first mass transit project in Miami-Dade County to become LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. POJV engaged stakeholders and the community to collaboratively develop design and construction practices to serve as a local benchmark for sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint.

The MIA Mover opened to the public September 9, 2011—on time and under budget. Moving people is what we are all about, and the Parsons team is committed to meeting Miami’s ever-expanding infrastructure needs at the airport and beyond.

Featured Nov 2011/Updated Aug 2017

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