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PHX Sky Train Quick Facts

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Opening Stages:

  • Stage one, between METRO light rail, East Economy parking, and Terminal 4 opens April 8 and be 1.7 miles long
  • Stage 1a will open in early 2015, continuing from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 for .7 miles, with a short walkway to Terminal 2
  • In the future, Stage 2 will extend the PHX Sky Train™ an additional 2.5 miles to the Rental Car Center.

Train Information:

  • It will take 3 minutes to travel from the 44th Street station to East Economy Parking and another 2 minutes to Terminal 4
  • Trains will run continuously in both directions and arrive as frequently as every 3 minutes at an average speed of 23 mph, but up to 38 mph
  • 18 train cars will be assembled into 2 or 3 car trains.
  • Each car holds 53 passengers
  • The driverless train will run on an electrically powered, center-rail guideway and facilities will be LEED certified

Economic Impact and Funding:

  • The total estimated project cost of $1.58 Billion is paid for with airport revenues and passenger fees (no local tax dollars); $644 Million for Stage 1, $240 Million for Stage 1a, and remaining funds for Stage 2
  • Stages 1 and 1a construction will employ nearly 8,000 people
  • About 2.5 million passengers are expected to ride the train the first year (7,000 a day)and 14 million per year when Stage 2 opens (40,000 a day)
  • Find out more about PHX Sky Train Funding

Other Information:

  • The 44th Street, T-3, and T-4 stations will be air conditioned. The East Economy station will be outdoors, with shade and fans to cool passengers during their short wait
  • All inter-terminal, METRO connection and most parking buses will be eliminated in 2015. Rental Car Center buses will remain until Stage 2 is completed
  • First mass transit system in the world to cross over an active taxiway
  • The bridge over the taxiway is high enough to allow a 747 to pass underneath; 90 feet above the taxiway and 125 feet above the ground
  • The columns supporting the guide-way are as deep under the ground as they are tall; up to 125 feet
  • The taxiway bridge alone will take 3,000 cubic yards of concrete – the equivalent of 45,000 wheelbarrows
  • The PHX Sky Train is also environmentally friendly

(Source: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport)

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