Orlando International Airport‘s new people mover at the Intermodal Terminal Facility and a much-needed parking garage are slated to open by Thanksgiving.

The new additions will help boost the airport’s capacity from 40 million to 45 million passengers annually. The 13th busiest airport in the nation is handling nearly 44 million passengers each year.

The 1.3 million square-foot Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) will accommodate up to three regional rail systems including SunRail, Brightline, and possibly a magnetic levitation system serving the International Drive area. It will also be the hub for taxis, shuttles and public buses.

Airline officials expect Brightline service to begin in 2020.

A shuttle ride from the North Terminal to the new ITF is about 1.5 miles long, with an average trip lasting three minutes.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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