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10/22/2001



Rail News: Passenger Rail

AirTrain service to Newark International now open


Patrons of Newark International Airport have another way to get there: AirTrain Newark Oct. 21 began service, extending the existing 1.9-mile monorail system one mile to a new intermodal station where travelers can transfer to Amtrak or New Jersey Transit trains.



In addition to building the station, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (which operates Newark International and AirTrain) replaced two Conrail tracks, installed seven high-speed and 15 regular turnouts, replaced 70 catenary structures, installed two Amtrak tracks, erected seven signal bridges and constructed eight crash walls.



The monorail system operates 24/7 and connects to train service every 20 minutes during peak hours. Monorail trains will depart every few minutes to the airport terminals; transit times to terminals are between seven and 11 minutes.



Automatic train protection detects the presence, speed, direction and location of all vehicles on the system; automatic train operation controls the train’s functions, such as speed, stops, departures and doors. Automatic train supervision monitors and manages the system itself, providing real-time status information to the central control operator.



Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains service the station 36 times weekdays, 33, Saturdays and 35, Sundays.


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