Sacramento airport's people mover halts again for repairs

Published: Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 - 11:27 am

For the third time since its launch earlier this month, one of the two automated people mover cars at Sacramento International Airport was shut down for repairs Wednesday evening, causing some passenger delays. But nobody reported missing a flight as a result, airport officials said.

Spokeswoman Karen Doron said a door on one of the shuttles was failing to close properly, forcing that car out of service for five hours while manufacturers replaced a part.

"We have not received any reports of passengers missing their flights due to the outage," Doron said in an email. "Our operations team closely monitored the situation and was prepared to take action to assist passengers if necessary."

Flier Jeff Raimundo, a local political consultant, said he estimated that more than 100 people were forced to wait and that people were jamming into the one working shuttle, causing the doors to reopen.

The shuttles are part of the airport's new terminal facilities, ferrying fliers between the new terminal and the concourse building.

The shuttles are the only route between the two buildings. Airport officials have said they would bus passengers between the two buildings if both shuttles are out of service at the same time.

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