March 26, 2009
U.S. Transportation Secretary, Mayor Gordon and
Phoenix City Council Announce Federal Funds for
Sky Harbor, Break Ground on PHX Sky Train
Phoenix, AZ – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Phoenix City Council members today to announce two projects that will bring thousands of jobs to Arizona.
Secretary LaHood presented a $10.5 million check to the Mayor for the completion of a taxiway reconstruction project on the northwest side of the Airport. This project will create 285 construction jobs.
The U.S. Transportation Secretary, Mayor Gordon and Phoenix City Council members also broke ground and unveiled the name of Sky Harbor’s automated train: the PHX Sky Train. Stage one of the PHX Sky Train will connect with METRO light rail and transport passengers and employees between 44th Street and Washington, East Economy Parking and Terminal 4. Stage one, which will be completed in 2013 is creating 5,900 jobs.
Mayor Gordon has been meeting with leaders in Washington D.C. to discuss the acceleration of the PHX Sky Train construction to Terminals 3 and 2. An additional $200 million in federal stimulus funding would create thousands of additional jobs and serve all three terminals at Sky Harbor seven years earlier than originally planned.
“We are grateful to our partners in Washington for recognizing the ongoing infrastructure needs at one of the nation’s ten busiest airports,” said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. “We are also excited that the Recovery funding for taxiway improvements is putting nearly 300 Arizonans back to work.”
While in Phoenix, Secretary LaHood also visited Sky Harbor’s Air Traffic Control Tower and spoke at the 18th Annual Phoenix International Aviation Symposium.
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