The PHX Sky Train at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is set to open to the public next month.
Final preparations are now being made with some sign changes, fence removals, and work on traffic signals, before the launch on April 8.The electrically-powered, automated PHX Sky Train will operate 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. When the train opens for service, passengers will gain a connection between Terminal 4, East Economy parking, and the Metro light rail at 44th Street and Washington.Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton, said: “This is an exciting day for the city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.“The PHX Sky Train’s connection to light rail paves the way for convenient, multi-modal transportation to and from the airport and is a true point of pride for our city.”Travellers using Terminal 4, which serves 80% of Sky Harbor’s passengers, will access the free PHX Sky Train from level 3, where the gates and security checkpoints are located.From there, they will be given a two-minute ride to East Economy parking. Those wishing to connect to the Metro light rail will have a five-minute ride between Terminal 4 and the 44th Street Station. Trains will arrive and depart every three to four minutes.Phoenix aviation director, Danny Murphy, said: “We are especially proud that the environmentally-friendly project has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.”The Sky Train stations will provide amenities for travellers, such as boarding pass kiosks and pet parks. Early Bag Check, available at East Economy parking since December, will also open at the 44th Street Station on April 8. By early 2015, the Sky Train will extend to Terminal 3 with a walkway to Terminal 2.In its final stage of construction, the facility will continue to the Rental Car Center. Source: airportworld, Steven Thompson
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