Framework for PHX Sky Train™ complete


by Catherine Holland

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 28 at 7:36 AM

PHOENIX – Construction is moving along on the PHX Sky Train™. The structural framework is now complete.

Bruce Haffner, decked out in a bright safety vest and Sky Harbor hard hat, gave us a look.

Stage one of the PHX Sky Train™ will transport passengers between METRO Light Rail, East Economy Parking and Sky Harbor's busiest terminal, Terminal 4. It will be complete in the first quarter of 2013.

Stage two, which will continue through the airport and to the Rental Car Center will be complete in 2020.

The trains will run every three to four minutes, said Deputy Aviation Director for Public Relations Deb Ostreicher. The trip between the 44th Street station and the airport will only take about four minutes.

"It's going to be really convenient," she said. "You can do it now on the free shuttle ... but soon, it'll be a train."

People will start seeing the trains running in 2012, just like the Light Rail before it was open to the public.

The implementation of the PHX Sky Train™ is expected to take a significant number of buses and cars off the roadways, hopefully easing traffic congestion into to the airport.

"You're going to just be able to take the train to the plane," Ostreicher said. "It'll be so easy.

"This is going to alleviate so much traffic on the roadways. ... We're building it now because by 2020, believe me, you're going to need it -- not just sometimes, but all the time. ... Your access in and out of the airport will be much, much easier."

The PHX Sky Train™ project involves 250 subcontractors and 1,300 design and construction employees right now. The first stage of construction of is creating 6,000 jobs over five years.