Sunday, February 15, 2009

Rail Shuttle to PHX - Ridership Above Projections

One of the most noticeable features of Phoenix's 6 week old light rail system is that it does not stop at the airport. The decision to bypass was made because of the cost of tunneling under existing roadways, and the impossibility of grade intersections with these roads. So instead, there's a shuttle bus from the terminal that takes passengers to the rail line.

Ridership was initially projected at 600 for the rail link, but is coming in about 40% higher, representing nearly 1% of all airport passengers. In 2013, a new automated people mover will replace the current shuttle buses.


  1. And, the shuttle buses are brand-spankin' new and very nice. People rave about being able to take the light rail to the airport, even if there's a bus transfer. Still, railfans here in AZ are excited and can't wait for 2013.

  2. Tony,

    I was in Phoenix in October, saw all the tracks, but wasn't able to see the line in action. Will check out the airport connector next time in town.