On July 15, the PHX Sky Train at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport celebrated another milestone as it reached the millionth passenger mark.
Airport staff and volunteer navigators cheered as the train carrying the millionth passenger arrived at the Terminal 4 station. Passengers on the train received commemorative T-shirts and PHX Sky Train memorabilia.
Opened on April 8, the train transports travellers between the 44th Street Station where riders can connect with the METRO light rail, East Economy Parking and Terminal 4, which serves 80% of Sky Harbor’s passenger traffic. It operates seven days a week, 365 days a year and is free of charge.
By early 2015, it is planned to extend to Terminal 3 with a walkway to Terminal 2. In the final stage of construction, the development will continue to the Rental Car Center.
The PHX Sky Train has exceeded passenger projections – the airport initially estimated that 7,000 people a day would ride the system in its first year. However, it has been popular than expected, with an average of 10,000 people riding it daily.