PHX Sky Train extension at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport opens to public

Dec 20, 2022, 9:00 AM | Updated: 9:03 am
(City of Phoenix Photo) Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego cuts the ribbon during a ceremony for the new PHX Sky Train extension on on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. (City of Phoenix Photo) (City of Phoenix Photo) (City of Phoenix Photo) (City of Phoenix Photo) From left, Sky Harbor Director of Aviation Services Chad Makovsky, Phoenix City Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Congressman Greg Stanton pose with a Sky Train cake on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. (City of Phoenix Photo)

PHOENIX — The final phase of the PHX Sky Train at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport opened Tuesday, connecting the terminals to the car rental center.

The 2.5-mile extension adds two stations to the free PHX Sky Train: Rental Car Center Station and 24th Street Station.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, members of the Phoenix City Council and other local leaders were the first to ride the extension Monday during a celebration of its impending opening.

“The new PHX Sky Train extension is a perfect example of why I believe Phoenix is the city of the future,” Gallego said in a press release.

“Phoenix is a hub for innovation, and we are constantly using data-driven technology to make life easier for our residents, as well as our visitors.”

With the extension, it will take less than eight minutes to go from Terminal 4 to the rental car site, and about 13 minutes to ride the entire 5 miles from the 44th Street Station to the rental car center, which is just west of the airport.

Trains are scheduled to arrive and depart every three to five minutes, 24 hours per day.

The 24th Street Station features public and commercial pickup and drop-off at the curb. The facility also includes the new 24th Street Express Pay Parking, with 1,600 economy parking spaces just to the south of the station, including a number of electric vehicle charging stations.

Additional benefits of the project include improved accessibility, especially for customers using wheelchairs. The project will also help to reduce traffic on Sky Harbor Boulevard.

The $745 million project was paid for with rental car customer facility charges and airline passenger facility charges, according to the release. No tax dollars were used.

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PHX Sky Train extension at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport opens to public