Press Release Article


Date: Jul 09, 2015
Press Release Number: 97-2015

Port Authority will provide free shuttle bus service between Newark Liberty International Airport's rail link and terminals to minimize impacts to travelers

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21 until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, AirTrain Newark service will be suspended systemwide to allow for essential testing of new automatic train control software to enhance operation of the unmanned cars. Newark Liberty International Airport’s Rail Link Station will remain open for Amtrak and NJ Transit service, with shuttle buses running to the airport’s terminals, parking lots and rental car facilities.

Testing of the new automatic train control software must run continuously over three days without any passengers aboard to ensure its reliability. At the conclusion of testing, AirTrain Newark service will be restored and continue to operate on the existing software, while any outstanding issues with the new software are addressed and tested through modeling and simulation. Transition to the new software will require another overnight closure later in the year to permanently replace AirTrain’s existing software.

The AirTrain was originally designed in 1996 with a 25-year lifespan and the new software is designed to meet the existing system’s needs until it is replaced. Earlier this year, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners approved $40 million for the planning work for a new AirTrain system with enhanced capacity, service and increased reliability to better accommodate the growing demand for air travel. Ridership has skyrocketed on AirTrain Newark over the past two decades, totaling nearly 2.2 million passengers in 2014. Each day, approximately 25,000 riders use the system, with more than two-thirds riding on-airport and the remainder traveling from the Rail Link station via connections on the Northeast Corridor.

During the three-day closure, all buses will display appropriate route information. Additional airport Customer Care Representatives and other Port Authority staff will be on duty to provide enhanced information for passengers during the station closure.

This service disruption will not impact NJ Transit or Amtrak service; passengers will continue to transfer at the Rail Link Station for these regional rail transit services.

Travelers are urged to allow extra time to get to and from the airport during this three- day service suspension.

For further updates on AirTrain Newark and other Port Authority airport travel advisories, please check or call (888) EWR-INFO (397-4636).

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