PHX Sky Train Takes Shape

Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has finalized the design of the future PHX Sky Train. Today the public is getting its first look at the sleek appearance of this state-of-the-art train. Bombardier Transportation was chosen last year as the train system provider and has been working with the Phoenix Aviation Department ever since on its specific design. The company has built train systems at more than a dozen airports around the United States, including Atlanta, Denver, Dallas Fort Worth and Las Vegas.

The PHX Sky Train will be silver with black accents and a white roof and will feature the Trademark PHX logo on the sides. The design has been through numerous iterations and revisions, with the final version now moving forward. “It was critical to us that the design reflect the spirit of the airport, while remaining cool in the desert climate. I’m very excited about the result,” said Jane Morris, Assistant Aviation Director.

Stage one of the PHX Sky Train will transport Airport visitors and employees between METRO light rail, east economy parking and Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers. It will be complete in early 2013. Stage two, which will continue through the Airport all the way to the Rental Car Center, will be up and running in 2020. Hensel Phelps is the construction manager for the first stage of the train’s stations and elevated guide-way tracks.

You can’t miss the PHX Sky Train construction along Sky Harbor Boulevard. This is the formation of the elevated train track. On 44th Street, between the Airport and Washington Street, you can see how the train will continue up to the connection with Metro light rail. The airport train station will be located on the southwest corner of 44th Street and Washington, where passengers are currently being serviced with a free shuttle to the airport.

“The PHX Sky Train project is putting thousands of Arizonans back to work,” said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. “And when it is complete, it will serve as an example for the nation of multi-modal transportation, providing a seamless connection between the Airport and METRO light rail.”

Renderings of the train and animation of the train route are available at for the public. Additional images are available upon request.