Press Release Article


Date: Dec 17, 2009
Press Release Number: 155-2009

Quickest, Cheapest, Most Reliable Route to the Airport Sees Doubling of Ridership Growth Since its Inception

AirTrain JFK, which connects travelers by rail to and from the airport, celebrates its sixth year in operation today. Since its first year, ridership on the service has literally doubled as airport travelers learn that it is the quickest, least expensive way to get to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

To mark its sixth year of operation, the Port Authority has introduced new amenities at AirTrain JFK facilities including interactive signs and a new Welcome Center at the Jamaica Station. These improvements make access to AirTrain services and navigation through terminal facilities even easier for airport passengers.

In recognition of AirTrain JFK's 6th Anniversary and its 100% increase in ridership, the Port Authority announces the "Top 6" reasons why New Yorkers and visitors to the region alike have made AirTrain JFK such a success:

  1. Beat the clock: AirTrain JFK is the fastest way to get to the Airport. AirTrain JFK connects to New York City through both mass transit via stations at Jamaica and Howard Beach and the Long Island Rail Road. AirTrain JFK can make the trip to the airport as short as 35 minutes.

  2. Inexpensive: Recession-friendly fees help travelers glide through otherwise difficult economic times. Tickets to get on-board are affordable and readily accessible. Using AirTrain JFK and the New York City Transit subway, passengers can get to and from the airport for $7.25 compared to a minimum of $45 by taxi from Manhattan.

  3. Convenient: AirTrain JFK allows you to leave from Penn Station New York and go directly to your airport terminal. Travelers avoid the hassles of navigating local roads and rolling the dice on traffic delays. By connecting to the "A" and "E" New York City subway lines, passengers have direct access to both midtown and lower Manhattan.

  4. A Greener Ride: AirTrain JFK is sustainable as it both minimizes car congestion and provides eco-friendly mass transportation options that cut down on emissions.

  5. Relax with room: Designed with travel and all its baggage in mind, AirTrain JFK cars make travel less complicated and provide more room for all of your luggage.

  6. Everyone's doing it!: Ridership on AirTrain JFK has increased by over 100% over the course of the past six years and now more than 5 million travelers per year use the AirTrain services.

“AirTrain JFK has exceeded our every expectation in its six years of operation,” said Anthony Coscia, the Port Authority chairman. “It is low-cost, hassle-free and reliable -- three big pluses for riders traveling to and from JFK.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “Fast, Cheap, Reliable. There is no better way to get to JFK and we are pleased that ridership continues to boom. We also hope the new improvements we have made will keep those numbers climbing and continue to improve the customer’s experience.”

Year   Ridership

2004   2,606,422

2005   3,411,762

2006   3,937,041

2007   4,393,449

2008   5,058,711

2009   5,301,801

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.

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