Las Colinas APT System

Las Colinas APT System

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Las Colinas APT System

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The Las Colinas Area Personal Transit System is a people mover system that serves the Las Colinas area of Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The system has four passenger stations and a maintenance & control center, and is run by two cars, one for each route. The system uses automated guideway transit technology, although for the moment it is driven manually, and exists primarily for the benefit of office workers and a few local residents.

History

The Las Colinas APT was envisioned as an automated circulator system for the developing Las Colinas Urban Center. The long range plan called for a total of 5 miles (8 km) of dual lane guideway and 20 stations. The system was to contain 3 inner loops and one outer loop, with passengers transferring between loops at four key interchanges. The community of Las Colinas was founded in 1973, but construction of the APT did not begin until 1979. The first phase construction contained of guideway and 4 stations. (, Phase 1 remains the only fully constructed and operational track: see Current Operation for more details.)

Although the guideways were in place by 1983, the system was not finalized and opened until 1986, following the purchase of four cars, power and control infrastructure from AEG-Westinghouse, which has since been purchased by Bombardier Transportation. Passenger service began three years later on June 18, 1989, with the first five years of...
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