The PHX Sky
Train is also
inclusion of a
bridge over an
terminals. Approximately 1,000 people use the
airport shuttle daily, and that number is expected
to reach 13,000 per day when the PHX Sky Train
opens for riders.
The PHX Sky Train project has many features
that are “firsts” in the industry, Murphy noted.
The 44th Street and Washington Street Station construction has utilized several green build efforts.
Combined with the use of electric cars for transport, the PHX Sky Train will be one of the first
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) certified projects in the nation. The PHX
Sky Train is also distinct in inclusion of a bridge
over an active taxiway — the first of its kind in the
world, airport officials said.
In addition to being an excellent customer service amenity and providing environmental benefits, the PHX Sky Train project has been an asset
to the community by creating much needed jobs,
officials noted. The first stage of construction alone
has generated more than 6,000 new jobs.
LOCAL CUISINE HIGHLIGHTED
New and upgraded food and beverage
concessions also are underway at Sky Harbor,
including many new concepts that bring the
flavor of the Phoenix area inside the terminal.
Local favorites and well-regarded restaurants
such as Barrio Café, Cowboy Ciao and Chelsea’s
Kitchen will be in locations both pre- and post-security in Terminal 4.
Some of the area’s most well-known chefs have
brought their specialties to these restaurants, and
now travelers from around the world will be able
to sample this cuisine while waiting for their
flights, or will be able to pick up items to go.