Welcome to Greater Phoenix, America’s sunniest metropolis and the cosmopolitan heart of Arizona. It’s a city that basks in sunshine during 85 percent of daylight hours and is surrounded on all sides by saguaro-studded mountains.
Phoenix is a place where it’s easy to migrate between high culture and low. It is known as much for street tacos, spring-training baseball and casual patio dining as it is for high-desert golf courses, destinations spas and upscale shopping.
What sets Phoenix apart from every other big city in the United States is its Sonoran Desert scenery. Phoenix has more acreage of parks and preserves than any other major metropolis in the nation, and visitors can explore them via hundreds of miles of trails—or from the basket of a hot-air balloon.
This is Phoenix: Beautiful. Wild. Distinct. Diverse. Fun.
Accessible Public Transportation/Contact Information
All Valley Metro
vehicles are 100% mobility aid accessible. Specifically, Valley Metro Rail vehicles have four spaces for wheelchairs located near the first and last set of doors. If spaces are full, please use wide aisle ways. Valley Metro Rail stations provide level boarding and all stops are announced both verbally and visually. For general information or more specific paratransit services, contact Valley Metro Customer Service at 602.253.5000.
Transportation from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Sheraton Phoenix Hotel
Travelers arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport can access PHX Sky Train® from all terminals. PHX Sky Train connects passengers to Valley Metro Rail at the 44th St/Washington station. Take rail westbound (towards Phoenix) to the 3rd St/Washington station. The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel is a five-minute walk from the rail station on 3rd Street, north to Van Buren Street. The hotel’s address is 340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix.
Transportation from Sheraton Phoenix to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
From the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel, Valley Metro Rail is a five-minute walk on 3rd Street, south from Van Buren, to the rail station at 3rd St/Jefferson. Take rail eastbound (towards Mesa) to the 44th St/Washington station. The escalator on the west end of the station will connect passengers to PHX Sky Train® and all airport terminals.
Complimentary Transit Pass
A temporary transit pass will be provided to registrants via email for the initial Valley Metro Rail trip between the airport and the Sheraton Grand Phoenix. During registration, be sure to visit the host information desk in the APTA registration area and pick up your complimentary transit pass valid for all Valley Metro services from during the conference. Download Valley Metro’s trip-planning app, Ridekick, to make taking public transportation easier in metro Phoenix. It’s available on both the App Store and Google PlayTM. For more personal trip-planning support, Valley Metro Customer Service is a resource at 602.253.5000.
Host Information Desk
Valley Metro will have an information desk in the APTA registration area in the hotel Wednesday, June 15 through Saturday, June 18. Host staff will answer whatever questions you may have regarding local sites, restaurants, social and cultural activities, and provide information and maps. Valley Metro is encouraging families to attend, with special tours and activities being coordinated for spouses and kids.
The host information desk will be open the same hours as the APTA registration desk:
Wednesday, June 15 6 – 7 a.m. and 5- 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 16 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
Friday, June 17 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 18 1 – 5 p.m.
Valley Metro encourages attendees to plan for the dry, summer heat by packing lightweight, light-colored clothing, where possible, drinking lots of water and wearing sunscreen. A few weather-friendly items, including sunscreen, will be provided in your conference bag.