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12/20/2004



Rail News: Passenger Rail

AirTrain JFK celebrates first year of service



The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) recently marked the one-year anniversary of AirTrain JFK service at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

During the past year, more than 8.7 million passengers have used the train, which connects riders to airline terminals, rental car facilities, hotel shuttles and on-airport parking, as well as the subway system, MTA Long Island Rail Road trains, and buses at the Jamaica and Howard Beach stations.

AirTrain JFK currently carries about 32,000 daily passengers. Next year, PANYNJ plans to begin building a new passenger terminal at JFK Terminal 5, which will connect with AirTrain. The authority also plans to extend the system to link the airport and lower Manhattan.

The $1.9 billion service was funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a $3 surcharge on departing passengers at the region’s three major airports.

Bombardier Transportation operates AirTrain JFK under contract with the port authority.




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