Phoenix Plans to Rehab Sky Harbor Taxi-way

Fri June 05, 2009 - West Edition

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona is getting $28 million in federal stimulus money to fund airport-construction projects throughout the state.

The Phoenix metropolitan will get $10.5 million of the funds to rehab a Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport taxi-way.

Phoenix officials also unveiled the name of the future automated train that will transport fliers around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It will be called PHX Sky Train.

The $10.5 million will fund improvements to Taxi-way C, on the airport’s northern side. The work includes replacing asphalt with more-durable concrete, as well as installing new pavement marking, lighting and signs.

Automated-train construction began last year at Sky Harbor. Without the stimulus money, the first leg of the system is scheduled carry its first riders in 2013, and would connect light rail, the east economy parking and Terminal 4.

The second half of the project would extend the train to the rest of the airport terminals and the rental-car center in 2020.

With a $200 million federal stimulus grant, the train could connect all three airport terminals, east economy parking and light rail by 2013. The rest of the project would open in 2020.