Phoenix Sky Train to Open on April 8

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (IATA PHX) has announced that the PHX Sky Train will open to the public an noon on April 8.
When the train opens for service, passengers will have a direct connection between the airport’s Terminal 4; its East Economy car park area, and the Metro light rail station at the junction 44th Street and Washington.
Travellers using Terminal 4, which serves 80% 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 have 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 Street Station.  Trains will arrive and depart every three to
four minutes.
The electrically-powered, automated 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 airport says the train stations will provide many amenities for travellers, including boarding pass kiosks and pet parks.  An Early Bag Check – a facility
available at East Economy parking since December – will also open at the 44th
Street Station on April 8.  It allows travellers flying with Southwest or US Airways to check-in their bags at the station for no additional cost, while for those picking up travellers, the 44th Street Station features a mobile-phone waiting lot.
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 Centre.
“This project is a significant milestone in Sky Harbor’s growth. It will make travelling easier by relieving the roadways of congestion and will further connect our community with sustainable transportation options,” said City Manager, David Cavazos.