Press Release Article


Date: May 01, 2001
Press Release Number: 0-2001

0: Local and state tax dollars used for construction of AirTrain.

4: New York City Transit subway lines that will connect to AirTrain.

8: Minutes, on average, it will take for AirTrain to loop around JFK’s Central Terminal Area.

8.1: Length, in miles, of the entire AirTrain system.

12: Minutes, on average, it will take to travel from JFK to Jamaica or Howard Beach terminals.

24: Hours per day, every day, AirTrain will operate.

32: Average height, in feet, of a column supporting AirTrain’s elevated guideway.

36: Approximate duration, in minutes, for a trip from midtown Manhattan to JFK aboard MTA subways and AirTrain.

42: Track switches along the AirTrain system.

58: Approximate length, in feet, of each AirTrain vehicle. The 10-foot-wide vehicles can operate as a single unit or in multiples of up to four cars per train and travel at speeds up to 60 mph.

114: Average weight, in tons, of a column supporting AirTrain’s elevated guideway.

422: Guideway spans erected to date on-airport and along the Van Wyck Expressway median. The on-airport elevated concrete structure, which is more than five miles long, is complete.

740: Long Island Rail Road trains that will be able to connect to AirTrain every day.

4,150: Construction jobs created by AirTrain.


5,246: Guideway segments that are linked together to form the spans between each column. There are approximately 10 to 14 segments between columns, and when complete, the AirTrain project will be the longest segmental precast viaduct in the United States.

34,000: Passengers per day, on average, initially expected to use AirTrain, which totals more than 12 million per year.

59,910: Weight, in pounds, of each AirTrain vehicle.

580,000,000: Wages, in dollars, generated by AirTrain construction.

980,000,000: Sales, in dollars, generated by AirTrain construction.

1,900,000,000: Cost, in dollars of AirTrain project, with $1.298 billion coming from FAA-authorized Passenger Facility Charges and the remainder from Port Authority capital funds.