Article by: Kevin Spear

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The newest train in Central Florida dips, curves and echoes European sleekness during its three-minute, 1.25-mile dash between the present and the future at Orlando International Airport.

The newly installed shuttle system is slated to open by the holidays, according to airport officials, linking the crowded terminal and parking garages with a new 2,400-space garage to the south, where construction has begun on a second terminal.

That additional parking, a retrofit of ticket lobbies and other measures are expected by next year to give the airport some temporary breathing room, boosting its capacity from 40 million to 45 million passengers annually. The airport is the nation’s 13th busiest, now handling nearly 44 million a year.

Stan Thornton, chief operating officer for the airport’s manager, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said those improvements should ease crowding for about three years. After that, “it’s going to get tight again,” he said.