Transportation Archives

Valley Metro chief: Federal cuts threaten light rail, trolley projects

Valley Metro Light Rail

Transportation Department budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration could threaten Valley rail projects in which the federal government has already invested $75 million, the head of Valley Metro said Wednesday. CEO Scott Smith joined other public transit officials who said the proposed cuts could also hobble the economic development that often accompanies investments in… Read More →

How transportation investment helped the East Valley flourish

Tempe town lake at dusk

In the past, Valley residents would drive their own personal vehicles on the very limited number of freeways available to them. Now, anyone can get anywhere quickly with the enhancements of freeways, bus systems, on-demand services, the light rail and much more. The evolution of transportation in the PHX East Valley has helped drive the… Read More →

Report: Airline quality best in years, but Sky Harbor carriers lag

Airline quality at Sky Harbor

Airlines performed better last year than they had for almost the last three decades, according to an annual report on airline quality released Monday. The 2017 Airline Quality Rating report, an annual report by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott and Wichita State University, showed slight increases across the board in performance measures: mishandled baggage, consumer… Read More →

UA researchers will study airport safety

Phoenix Airport - AZRE Magazine January/February 2012

Air travel has increased the potential for international transmission of infectious diseases. As increasing numbers of people travel by air, the potential risk of introduction and spread of infectious diseases by travelers is on the rise. The University of Arizona Regulatory Science Program has been awarded a contract from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,… Read More →

Southwest Airlines to invest $40M in Arizona

Southwest Airlines announced plans Wednesday to boost its presence at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport along with plans for a $40 million investment to expand its maintenance facility at the airport. The Dallas-based airline committed to occupying a future eight-gate concourse at Terminal 4. The announcement was made by Southwest Airline’s President Tom Nealon with Phoenix Mayor… Read More →

Number of guns seized at Sky Harbor continues to grow

Transportation Security Administration officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport have confiscated at least 13 guns since the first of the year, most of them loaded, at security checkpoints. That puts Sky Harbor on pace to match or surpass the 101 seizures last year, when the airport ranked fourth in the nation for confiscated firearms.… Read More →

Mesa Airlines expands partnership with United Airlines

Mesa Airlines

Mesa Airlines Inc. is expanding its partnership with United Airlines with the addition of 12 new Embraer 175 aircraft. The delivery of the 12 additional aircraft is scheduled to begin in May 2017 and will create more than 500 new jobs, according to Mesa Airlines. These aircraft will bring Mesa’s E175 fleet count to 60 and the… Read More →

New ASU center to research future of transportation

Arizona State University has been named the lead institution for a new U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center that plans to focus on improving regional travel demand forecasting. ASU will have a new research center that will work with the U.S. Department of Transportation on improving regional and local transportation systems. Through… Read More →

Creating the Grand Canalscape

When a child first opens a box of Legos, he sees a random pile of attachable pieces. Once his imagination has been sparked, those singular pieces connect together to produce a masterpiece — a town, spaceship or creature. The City of Phoenix, Arizona Forward, SRP and many other public and private entities aren’t much different… Read More →

Phoenix Sky Harbor receives more flights to London for 2017

London

Phoenix travelers will have a new opportunity to go across the “pond” to London when British Airways adds three additional nonstop flights to London this summer from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Tickets for the new flights are on sale now. The flights will take off three days a week during May and June 2017, taking off… Read More →

Sky Harbor had 24,247 noise complaints in 2015 after flight-path shift

Sky Harbor

Neighbors of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport filed 24,247 complaints about noise at the facility in 2015, one of the highest rates among airports studied in a recent George Mason University report. The report by the university’s Mercatus Center looked at airports like Sky Harbor, where the FAA’s implementation of its NextGen navigational system led to… Read More →

Phoenix Sky Harbor debuts modernized Terminal 3

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport just became friendlier and more efficient.  On December 5, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and members of the Phoenix City Council rolled back temporary construction walls to officially open the first phase of the newly modernized Terminal 3.  The updated terminal offers spectacular views, an abundance of natural lighting and a more efficient… Read More →

Sky Harbor flies high in ranking of busiest U.S. commercial airports

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport did not claim the top prize in any one category but was good enough across the board to get ranked as the best commercial airport in the nation in a recent report. The November report by travel website The Points Guy said Sky Harbor’s relatively few flight delays and cancellations,… Read More →

Valet Parking arrives at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport now offers travelers a new service to help make the parking experience even easier.  Valet Parking is now available at Terminal 4, which serves more than 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers. Travelers have two options when it comes to valet parking: Drive-up service in the Terminal 4 garage, just… Read More →