Transportation choices and information to stay mobile in Greater Phoenix.
PASSENGER LIGHT RAIL LINES
Phoenix Light Rail blue/purple Phoenix Sky Harbor SkyTrain red Tempe Streetcar green
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Well we had a great trolley system in Phoenix in 1887 to 1948, but the automobile spelled its death. Phoenix then built a light rail line from Bethany Home/19th Avenue thru downtown Phoenix to Downtown Tempe and to Mesa and it opened in December 2008. It is one line and every train stops at each station. There is not an express track so there are no express trains. An extension further into Mesa (3.1 miles) broke ground in 2012 and opened in 2015. A northwest extension was also built which opened in 2015. Also the airport expanded the Skytrain that started operations in early 2013 to Terminal 3 in 2015. The Tempe Streetcar should be operational sometime in the 2016/2017 timeframe depending on federal funding to complete the $73 million in taxpayer approved funds.
The City of Phoenix passed Transportation 2050 (T2050) in 2015, it includes 42 miles of new Light Rail lines, which include the Capital/I-10 route, the Northwest Extension, and the South Central Line (show with stations only on the map above). Additional lines for either high capacity bus or light rail include a Glendale Extension and an extension to Paradise Valley Mall running along the 51 Freeway (not shown on map above).
There is also a Rio Salado trolley in the planning stage that would run from downtown Tempe for 3.9 miles to Dobson Road in Mesa at the Riverview Shopping Center.
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This is a listing of most of the valley major airports. The information is a bit technical, but if you are a buyer you need to look at one thing…the IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS link to the noise maps
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) is the largest airline airport in the state of Arizona. In 2009 the airport was the 19th busiest in the world with 31.5 million passengers. Three east-west runways are currently in service, the longest one is 11,490 feet long. The airport is 3,000 acres in size, and was purchased by the City of Phoenix in 1935 for $100,000. Two FBO’s serve the field, Swift and Cutter. The new (2013) Sky Train is operational which links the airport terminals to the existing Phoenix Light Rail system. Southwest and US Air operate hubs at the airport. The three terminals are:
- – Terminal 2 – (built in 1962) is home to Alaska Air,Great Lakes, and United Airlines
- – Terminal 3 – (built in 1979) is home to American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, Jet Blue, Spirit & Sun Country Airlines
- – Terminal 4 – (built in 1990) is home to AeroMexico, Air Canada, British Airways, Southwest, USAir, Volaris & WestJet IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – PHOENIX SKY HARBOR NOSE MAP
Buckeye Municipal Airport (BXK) is located at 3000 S. Palo Verde Road in Buckeye, AZ 85326, it has one runway, 5,500 feet long by 75 feet wide. There is no scheduled airline service at this time, just general aviation aircraft. The airport is owned by the City of Buckeye, and has about 62 aircraft based at the airport. IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – BUCKEYE AIRPORT NOISE MAP
Chandler Municipal Airport(CHD) is located in a 9 square mile master-planned business park. The airport has two runways, the longest is 4,870 feet long by 75 feet wide and has one heliport. It is one of the nations 50th busiest general aviation airports with 260,000 operations each year, and is owned by the City of Chandler. The control tower is in operation daily from 6AM till 9PM, and the airport has 10 acres of aircraft parking including 116 hangars. Almost 449 aircraft are based at this airport. IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – CHANDLER AIRPORT NOISE MAP
Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU) is owned by the City of Glendale and was opened in 1986. The terminal building and FBO facilities followed in 1986/7, a control tower was added, and in 1995 a helipad was added. The airport has one runway, 7,150 feet long by 100 feet wide, and is rated at 60,000 lbs DWL. Lux Air is the only full-service FBO at the field. 380 aircraft call this airport home, including 5 jets and 16 helicopters. IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – GLENDALE AIRPORT NOISE MAP
Luke Air Force Base (LUF) is closed to the public, but it the only active-duty F-16 training base in the world with more than 160 F-16’s assigned at Luke, and in late 2012 it was announced that Luke was chosen as the location of the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II pilot training center. The base will receive 72 F-35A aircraft for a total of three fighter squadrons. Luke started in 1940 when the City of Phoenix leased the 1,440 acres of land to the Army Air Corp for $1.00 per year. It was closed in 1944 and reactivated in 1951. Today 400 pilots per year graduate from Luke AFB. The airfield has two parallel runways, 10,000 feet in length. IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – LUKE AIR FORCE BASE NOISE MAP
Mesa Falcon Field (FFZ) started as a pilot training base for British Royal Air Force pilots during WWII. When the war was over, the City of Mesa purchased the field for $1.00. In 2012 the airport was the 5th busiest general aviation airport in the US, and had over 850 based aircraft (and 95 businesses). It has two runways, the longest being 5,100 feet by 100 feet wide, with a rating of 60,000 lbs DWL and 90,000 lbs DTWL. Boeing builds the Apache helicopter at the north side of the field. Starting in 2013 Mesa will spend $22.6 million on a face lift including terminal improvements. IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – FALCON FIELD NOISE MAP
Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT) is the 14th busiest airport in the nation, and the busiest general aviation airport in the US. It is owned by the City of Phoenix since 1971 (founded as a private airport in 1960 on 482 acres of land, and the runway was also used as a dragstrip at that time!). The airport sits on 914 acres and has over 1,277 aircraft based there. The airport has two parallel east-west runways, the longest is 8,208 feet long by 100 feet wide, and is rated 91,000 lbs DWL and 255,000 lbs DTWL. Two full service FBO’s are located on the field, Cutter and Atlantic Aviation. IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – DEER VALLEY AIRPORT NOISE MAP
Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR) is located in Goodyear AZ and sits on 789 acres. The airport is owned by the City of Phoenix and is home to 209 aircraft including 3 jets and four helicopters. The airport is also currently a parking lot for planes that the airlines have taken out of service due to lowered demand. The one runway is 8,500 feet long by 100 feet wide. IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – PHOENIX GOODYEAR AIRPORT NOISE MAP
PHX-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) is the home to Allegiant Airlines. The airport started in 1941 as the Army Air Corp Advanced Flying School, but the name was changed to Williams Field in 1942, and then to Williams Air Force base in 1948. The facility was the Air Forces foremost pilot training facility graduating more student pilots and instructors than any other base in the country. The base was closed in 1993, and in 1994 was re-opened asWilliams-GatewayAirport being owned by the Williams Gateway Airport Authority. The name was changed in 2009 to Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. The airport has three parallel runways, the longest is 10.400 feet by 150 feet wide and is served by one airline (more to come in the future). The passenger terminal is located at 6033 S. Sossaman Road, Mesa, AZ 85212, but will be replaced with a new larger terminal on the east side of the airport by SR24 (eventually home to 60 gates). The airport is home to 111 general aviation aircraft, including 24 jets and 18 helicopters. IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – PHX GATEWAY AIRPORT NOISE MAP
Scottsdale Municipal Airport (SDL) started life in 1942 as Thunderbird Field II training Army Air Corp pilots, and was sold to ASU after the war. ASU decided it was too far from their campus in Tempe, so sold it in 1953 to the Seventh Day Adventists who established Thunderbird Academy. They needed money to renovate so started the first industrial park surrounding the airport. The City of Scottsdale purchased the airfield in 1966, and the industrial park has grown into a 2,600 acre commercial area surrounding the airport that is home to 30 national/regional companies, and 2,200 small businesses. In 2005 it employed 42,000 people! The airport itself has one runway, 8,249 feet long by 100 feet wide, and is home to 450 aircraft including 64 business jets. IMPORTANT FOR BUYERS – SCOTTSDALE AIRPORT NOISE MAP
The valley is served by two freight only railroads, Union Pacific and BNSF. Commuter rail either on new lines or those of the freight lines has been studied and studied, but as of now there is no timeline or political will to lead the charge to get it started. Union Pacific has a large yard downtown Phoenix, and BNSF has one in downtown Phoenix as well. BNSF however has purchased land in Surprise, and UPRR is looking at land south of the valley for new (relocated) rail yards. As of 2012 they were looking at purchasing up to 900 acres of state land in the Red Rock area of Pinal County near Picacho Peak for a “future” rail yard. They are also planning on construction of a rail yard in Buckeye at some point in the future, and are also working with ADOT to determine if it is feasible to open the “Wellton Line” (out of service for past 10 years) that runs west of the Greater Phoenix metro area.
The valley keeps updating and expanding the freeway system. As of 2005 we had over 1,405 lane miles of freeways! This is a map of the latest plan for updating and building freeways in the valley. This link takes you to the ADOT site, where the current freeway map is displayed along with links to construction and real time freeway info. There are at this point 4 on-going and future projects you should be aware of, click on the image for more details:
South Mountain Freeway alignment – Approved, purchasing land.
Loop 303 – Under Construction
Possible new freeway south of I-10 on west side – planning stage
Bike Map of the Valley (be patient, takes a while to load!)