Stage 1 of the PHX Sky Train will open in 2013, going from the 44th Street Metro Light Rail to East Economy Parking and Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. A continuation to the other terminals and the Rental Car Center was not scheduled to open until 2020. The Phoenix City Council approved connecting with all terminals by early 2015, nearly six years earlier than planned. The extension to the remaining terminals is referred to as Stage 1a.

The Stage 2 extension to the Rental Car Center is still scheduled for late 2020.

The $240 million project cost will be funded by passenger facility charges and airport revenues.

The project was originally planned in two stages due to financial constraints, but over the last several years the airport has worked to conserve funds in order to move up the schedule.

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