PHX Sky Train opens at Phoenix airport

10 April 2013 (Last Updated April 10th, 2013 18:30)

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, US, has opened the $1.58bn automated, inter-terminal train system, PHX Sky Train.

PHX Sky Train open

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, US, has opened the $1.58bn automated, inter-terminal train system, PHX Sky Train.

Designed by HOK and Gannett Fleming, the airport rail link connects Phoenix Sky Harbor passengers between Terminal 4, the East Economy parking area and the Metro light rail station at 44th Street and Washington in Phoenix.

The 2.7km double-track elevated guideway crosses an active taxiway at a height of 30m, with enough clearance for a Boeing 747 aircraft to pass underneath.

Passengers can access the trains from level three of Terminal 4, which serves 80% of Sky Harbor’s travellers, and from there it is a two-minute ride to the East Economy parking area and a five-minute ride to the 44th Street light rail station.

"An early bag check option is also available at the 44th Street Station, which allows people travelling on Southwest Airlines or US Airways to check their bags at the station for free."

The Sky Train stations also offer passengers the ability to print their boarding pass at kiosks and use pet park services.

An early bag check option is also available at the 44th Street Station, which allows people travelling on Southwest Airlines or US Airways to check their bags at the station for free.

The Sky Train is scheduled to begin services at Terminal 3 with a walkway to Terminal 2 in early 2015. There are also plans to further extend the service to the airport’s rental car centre.

Canadian rail manufacturer Bombardier has supplied an Innovia automated people mover (APM), including six three-car trainsets and the CityFlo 650 CBTC under a $186m contract awarded in July 2009.

Bombardier is also responsible for providing operations and maintenance services on the line for ten years under a separate contract worth $69m.


Image: PHX Sky Train links Phoenix Sky Harbor passengers between Terminal 4, the East Economy car park and the Metro light rail station at 44th Street and Washington. Photo: courtesy of HOK.