PHX Sky Train™ Construction ó One of Our Overarching Goals

Whatís the latest interesting architectural appearance related to construction of PHX Sky Train™? Arches. If youíve been around 44th Street and Washington in Phoenix, you may have noticed them ó if you looked up.

Stage 1 of the PHX Sky Train™ will transport Airport visitors and employees between METRO light rail, east economy parking and Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of Sky Harborís passengers. Construction of Stage One will be complete in the spring of 2013. Stage 1a, to be completed by early 2015, will continue from the Terminal 4 station to a Terminal 3 station and from Terminal 3, a short walkway will take passengers to Terminal 2. In the future, Stage 2 will continue to the Rental Car Center.

The arches are the structural support for PHX Sky Trainís 44th Street and Washington station walls and roof and are placed about 30-feet apart from each other.

Click on the box above right to see an accelerated video of an arch being put in place. The process to position and put all the arches in place took about a week to complete.

Although the appearance of these arches is recent, arches actually first appeared as an architectural apparatus in the second millennium BC in Mesopotamia and were then used extensively by the Ancient Romans.

Sky Trainís arches will be enclosed as the building of the structure progresses over the next several months, and ceiling, walls and floor finishes will follow. The station sits 66-feet high and will encompass a total of more than 81,000-square feet. Two of the photos above are renderings of the completed station.

Stage 1 of the PHX Sky Train™ will transport Airport visitors and employees between METRO light rail, east economy parking and Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of Sky Harborís passengers. Construction of Stage One will be complete in early 2013. Stage 1a, to be completed by early 2015, will continue from the Terminal 4 station to a Terminal 3 station and from Terminal 3, a short walkway will take passengers to Terminal 2. The Stage 2 extension to the Rental Car Center is scheduled for late 2020.

The free PHX Sky Train™ will run 24-hours, arriving at stations about every three minutes during peak periods and delivering passengers to their destinations within about five minutes of boarding.

More PHX Sky Train™ information

Published: April 2011


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