Daily vehicle count at the airport to be reduced by 20,000, reducing congestion and improving passenger experience and safety as second phase of automated people mover comes online.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 30, 2020 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that Stage 2 of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport Sky Train (PHX Sky Train®) is the recent recipient of an Envision Gold Award for sustainability. This is the airport’s first Envision award and the third Envision-awarded project in the State of Arizona.
Stage 2 of the PHX Sky Train® is underway at the Sky Harbor International Airport. This is an extension to the existing 3.2-mile PHX Sky Train, which currently operates between the 44th Street PHX Sky Train station and Terminal 3. When Stage 2 is complete and fully operational in 2022, it will extend another 2.5 miles to the airport’s rental car center. The project includes:
- aircraft bridges that will carry two future taxiways over the train system;
- an elevated station which will accommodate parking, ground transportation, and future development;
- an elevated rental car center station built directly into the existing rental car center at the airport;
- three traction power substations to provide power to 24 additional transit vehicles.
The project aims to enhance customer service and improve accessibility, ease traffic congestion on Sky Harbor Boulevard, and make travel easier and more efficient between terminals. The project will serve as a catalyst for long-term airport growth and adjacent private development. It also helps support the airport’s sustainability goals as it will help reduce the daily vehicle count by an estimated 20,000 vehicles per day. The project is funded from rental car facility charges and airline passenger facility charges; no taxpayer dollars are being used to fund this state-of-the-art, sustainable project.