The Weitz Company has received a design-build contract for the extension of the PHX Sky Train project at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the US.

The contract, awarded by Bombardier Transportation, involves the development of Stage II of the automated people mover (APM) project, which includes a 2.5-mile extension to the airport’s Rental Car Center.

It also includes building two new stations and expanding the system’s maintenance facility.

“Phoenix Sky Harbor is embarking on a project that will improve mobility around the airport and enhance the overall passenger experience.”

The Weitz Company general manager Kimberly Davids said: “This is an exciting time for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as it embarks on a project that will improve mobility around the airport and enhance the overall passenger experience.”

An additional 24 train cars are also scheduled to be added to the operating fleet to extend operations.

The new extension of the PHX Sky Train will allow smooth access from the airport facilities and the Rental Car Center, improving passenger experience and reducing adjacent airport road congestion.

Design works are expected to continue to February next year, following which the construction of the project will begin.

Weitz was also associated with the construction of Stage I and IA of the PHX Sky Train.

The first stage of the project involves construction of a 3.2-mile of dual-lane rail line from the 44th Street & Washington Valley Metro Light Rail station to the East Economy Parking Lot, Terminal 4 and Terminal 3.

Work on this stage began in 2013 and said to have achieved 99.5% availability per annum.

Stage II of the project is scheduled to open in 2022.

In March this year, Bombardier Transportation was selected by the city of Phoenix to extend the PHX Sky Train system.