Indiana University Health People Mover

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Indiana University Health People Mover
Locale Indianapolis, IN, US.
Transit type People mover
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 3
Began operation 2003
Operator(s) Indiana University Health
Number of vehicles 2 × (3 car)
System length 1.4 mi (2.25 km)
Track gauge 4 ft (1,219 mm) duorail concrete guideway
Average speed 17 mph (27 km/h)
Top speed 30 mph (48 km/h)
System map
Methodist Station1
Interstate I-65
Canal Station
Dr Martin Luther King Jr St
IU/Riley Station
^Note 1 Methodist is also the control room and maintenance facility[1][2]

The Indiana University Health People Mover, formerly the Clarian Health People Mover, is a 1.4-mile (2.3 km) long, 4 ft (1,219 mm) narrow gauge[3] people mover in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana in the United States. The system opened on June 28, 2003, to connect the Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, the Indiana University Hospital, and the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, jointly operated as a single hospital by Indiana University Health.[4]

The dual-track system is open to the public and operates around the clock, taking 5 minutes in each direction.[5] During the daytime, a train departs automatically every six minutes.[5] It is notable for being the only private transportation system in the United States constructed to run above public streets.[6][1]


In 1997, the three hospital operations were combined under Indiana law creating a shared staff of over 10,000 employees who could be required to travel between the campuses. Commuting between the three sites was complicated and required the crossing of the Interstate 65 highway by shuttle buses.

In May 2000, a Health Care Transportation System Franchise Agreement was signed, followed by the People Mover – State of Indiana Airspace Agreement and Lease in November 2000 to allow crossing under the Interstate 65 highway for a period of 25 years.[6]


The large gap between the rails avoids collecting snow. In the center are pneumatic tubes for document and sample transfer.[1]

The system was constructed by Schwager Davis Inc. (SDI) from San Jose, California, to their Unitrak standard.[6]

There are two separate parallel elevated guideways side-by-side, both of which operate in both directions. The concrete rails have a gap between them, designed to combat winter snow and the people mover is therefore not technically a monorail.[5]

Each of the two tracks carries a train with three carriages for a total capacity of 81 passengers. Each train weighs 45,000 pounds (20 t) and has twenty-four passenger seats across the three cars. The rest of the passenger capacity is made up of standing places.[5]


During the night-time, one track is closed between 18:00–05:30[clarification needed] for maintenance, with the second train/track operated in on-demand mode by elevator-style call buttons.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "teMPO Special Edition" (PDF). Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). October 2002. pp. 1, pp.18–22. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-15. The northern-most terminal, located at Methodist Hospital, will also house the system’s safety and security monitoring station and maintenance shop. [..] The Indiana University Health People Mover is America’s first privately owned transit system to operate over city streets. [...] capacity will be 1800 passengers per hour [...] Though initially proposed as 8,000 feet, the People Mover route was reduced to 7,400 feet when two stations on Walnut Street were merged into one. An elevated walkway now connects Riley Hospital to the station. [...] The guideway [..] features a “translogic tubing” system along its route that will eventually facilitate pneumatic transfer of documents and samples. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); line feed character in |quote= at position 154 (help); |chapter= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Clarian People Mover Route". Retrieved 2008-10-15. The People Mover runs south from Methodist Hospital along Senate Avenue, west on 11th Street to University Boulevard, west on Walnut Street to Indiana University Hospital and west to Riley Hospital for Children.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Zeitschrift Blickpunkt Straßenbahn (Tram Focus Magazine) - Trams of the World 2013
  4. "People Mover opening date set". the Clarian. 2003-06-10. Retrieved 2008-10-14. Saturday, June 28 The People Mover begins its normal 24/7 schedule, running between Clarian’s downtown campuses.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Clarian Health People Mover: from concept to completion in two years" (PDF). Schwager Davis. 2003-12-01. Retrieved 2008-10-14. The Clarian People Mover is an innovative dual track urban transit system operating two, three-car trains on an elevated guideway over public land. It can accommodate 81 passengers per train trip and quietly covers its 1.4 mile route in approximately 5 minutes [...] Horizontal Length 7,400 feet (1.4 miles) [...] It maintains the 4-foot gauge used in Primm, but incorporates an open superstructure that allows snow to fall through rather than accumulate. [...] The trains run automatically [..] departing every six minutes. [...] Individual train cars are 22'L x 8'W x 10'H, with seating for eight passengers and standing room for 19 [...] line feed character in |quote= at position 268 (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jakes, Andrew S. (2001-06-04). "Franchise Agreement with the City of Indianapolis: A new approach to people mover implementation in American cities" (PDF). Jakes Associates. The Health Care Transportation Franchise Agreement between the Consolidated City of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana and Clarian Health Partners, Inc. is the first ever conceived. [..] no one has ever attempted to enter into a long-term transportation franchise agreement with private industry other than a transit supplier or a consortium. [..] The legal framework for the private project on public right-of-way is based on two agreements as follows: •Health Care Transportation System Franchise Agreement between The Consolidated City of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana and Clarian Health Partners, Inc. (executed May 2000) •People Mover – State of Indiana Airspace Agreement and Lease (executed November 2000) [..] The duration of the Airspace Lease agreement is 25 years [..] The alignment consists of an elevated, double guideway, bi-directional transit system [..] The contract for a [..] monorail with three elevated, enclosed stations and walkways was executed with Schwager Davis, Inc. (SDI), based in San Jose, California. SDI conceived the technology known as Unitrak. Its successful operation has been demonstrated in Primm City, Nevada line feed character in |quote= at position 345 (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Overnight Lodging Guide at Clarian Health 2006–07" (PDF). James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children. October 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-10-14. Clarian People Mover; Free and open to the public, the People Mover is wheelchair accessible. It operates from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. After 10 p.m. one train will dock for maintenance and the other train will be "on-call."<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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