Aviation Press Releases
March 21, 2013
PHX Sky Train™ to Open April 8
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Aviation Director Danny Murphy are proud to announce that the PHX Sky Train™ will open to the public April 8 at noon. Final preparations for opening will be made between now and then such as sign changes, fence removals and traffic signals.
When the train opens for service, passengers will find a seamless connection between Terminal 4, East Economy parking, and METRO light rail at 44th Street and Washington. “This is an exciting day for the city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “The PHX Sky Train’s connection to light rail paves the way for convenient, multi-modal transportation to and from the Airport and is a true point of pride for our city.”
Travelers using Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers, will access the free PHX Sky Train™ from level 3, where the gates and security checkpoints are located. From there, they will enjoy a two-minute ride to East Economy parking. Those wishing to connect to METRO light rail will have only a five-minute ride between Terminal 4 and the 44th St. Station. Trains will arrive and depart every three to four minutes.
The electrically-powered, automated PHX Sky Train™ will operate 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. “We are especially proud that the environmentally-friendly project has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council,” said Phoenix Aviation Director, Danny Murphy.
The PHX Sky Train™ stations will provide many amenities for travelers, including boarding pass kiosks and pet parks. Early Bag Check, available at East Economy parking since December, will also open at the 44th Street Station on April 8. It allows travelers flying Southwest or US Airways to check their bags at the station for no additional cost. For those picking up travelers, the 44th St. Station features a cell-phone waiting lot. METRO light rail customers will have the opportunity to purchase light rail tickets at the 44th St. Station.
By early 2015, the PHX Sky Train™ will extend to Terminal 3 with a walkway to Terminal 2. In its final stage of construction, the PHX Sky Train™ will continue to the Rental Car Center. “This project is a significant milestone in Sky Harbor’s growth. It will make traveling easier by relieving the roadways of congestion and will further connect our community with sustainable transportation options,” said City Manager, David Cavazos.