Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, US, celebrated the opening of the PHX Sky Train yesterday (April 8) at noon. The Phoenix City Council and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton took the first official ride after a ribbon-cutting event earlier in the morning.
Passengers using the service will be connected between Terminal 4, which handles 80% of travellers, East Economy parking and the regional METRO light rail system at 44th Street and Washington.
Mayor Stanton commented: “This is an exciting day for the city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. 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.”
Terminal 4 passengers will access the free Sky Train from Level 3, where the gates and security checkpoints are located. From there, it is a two-minute ride to the largest economy parking area. It is a five-minute journey from the terminal to the METRO station. Trains arrive and depart every three to five minutes.
The automated, electrically-powered PHX Sky Train operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and has achieved LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. Its stations have amenities such as pet parks and self-service kiosks.
By early 2015, the PHX Sky Train will serve all three terminals at Sky Harbor, with a station at Terminal 3 and a walkway to Terminal 2. In its final stage of construction, the service will extend to the rental car facility.
An Early Bag Check for Southwest or US Airways passengers was also opened yesterday at the 44th Street Station. The station also has a cell-phone waiting lot.