Aviation Press Releases
May 14, 2012
PHX Sky Train™ Takes Its First Official Ride
Phoenix, AZ – On Monday, May 14, the PHX Sky Train™ achieved another major milestone as Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton sent Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s new automated train on its first official journey. The PHX Sky Train™ traveled on the track between the East Economy Parking train station and its maintenance facility.
“Today represents a major milestone with the PHX Sky Train™,” said Stanton. “Each day brings us closer and closer to completing this vital project. The future success of Sky Harbor is the future success of our City.”
The electrically-powered, automated PHX Sky Train™ will transport travelers between the regional light rail system, Sky Harbor’s largest parking area and Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of the Phoenix Airport’s passengers. It will serve passengers beginning in the first quarter of 2013. The PHX Sky Train™ will run 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and will be free of charge. In future stages, the PHX Sky Train™ will serve all of Phoenix Sky Harbor’s terminals by early 2015 and will continue to the Rental Car Center by 2020.
“Today’s test run is a visible sign that the PHX Sky Train project is on track and will soon deliver a whole new level of service to our customers,” said Aviation Director Danny Murphy.
The train brings with it many new amenities, including baggage check-in services, boarding pass kiosks and pet parks at the stations. Trains will arrive and depart every three to four minutes, and it will only be a two minute ride between the East Economy Parking train station and Terminal 4.
For more information on the PHX Sky Train, visit www.skyharbor.com/phxskytrain