Date: Oct 04, 2004
Press Release Number: 120-2004
AirTrain Newark, the rail system that each day transports tens of thousands of passengers and provides a fast, convenient connection from New York City and across New Jersey to Newark Liberty International Airport, celebrates the three-year anniversary this month of its link to NJ Transit and Amtrak service along the Northeast Corridor Rail Line with Customer Appreciation Days that begin Wednesday and continue through Friday.
AirTrain Newark, which began service in 1996 as an on-airport monorail, was extended by one mile in 2001 under a $415 million Port Authority initiative that created a direct connection to trains operated by NJ Transit and Amtrak. On average, about 4,000 passengers use this rail link every day to travel between the airport and points throughout the metropolitan region, and more than three million passengers have used it since it opened on October 21, 2001. The highest one-day total was the day before Thanksgiving 2003, with 8,941 passengers. In addition, about 30,000 passengers per day use the free, on-airport portion of AirTrain Newark to travel between passenger terminals and parking areas, rental car facilities and hotel shuttles.
New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, “AirTrain Newark is a fundamental part of New Jersey’s mass transit network, and it is especially important because it serves one of our state’s greatest economic engines – Newark Liberty International Airport. We are proud to offer this convenient transportation to travelers, which eases highway traffic and reduces emissions while facilitating fast, reliable rail service directly to the airport’s passenger terminals.”
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “AirTrain Newark is one of several recent initiatives at Newark Liberty International Airport that benefit the airport community as well as the entire region. Every element of our $3.8 billion redevelopment plan, which includes improved roadways, new parking garages and larger cargo facilities, was designed to create a more efficient airport that effectively serves the needs of more than 31 million annual travelers and supports more than $11 billion a year in regional economic activity.”
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “As we celebrate the three-year anniversary of the AirTrain Newark rail link, we also continue to look ahead to new projects that will enable us to meet projected passenger growth and remain competitive, such as the $20 million study recently authorized by our Board that will help identify the best ways to modernize and expand Terminal A.”
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Arthur J. Cifelli said, “This anniversary is a great opportunity to remind domestic and international travelers of the convenience of using AirTrain Newark to travel by rail to Manhattan and throughout the region. Riders using AirTrain Newark to connect to NJ Transit or Amtrak trains can travel safely and swiftly between midtown Manhattan and the airport’s passenger terminals in about 35 minutes – without the hassle of highway traffic.”
As a “thank you” to the travelers who have made AirTrain Newark such a great success, Port Authority officials will present free luggage tags, pins and key chains to customers in the airport’s three passenger terminals and in two of AirTrain Newark’s stations between 2 and 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday.
As part of its comprehensive marketing campaign, the Port Authority also will roll out four new billboards on Routes 1 & 9 and the New Jersey Turnpike in November and December to promote AirTrain Newark. In addition, the rail system is being promoted through redesigned pamphlets available at the airport and in train stations in Newark and New York; on new posters at the airport and aboard PATH trains; on airport diorama displays; on luggage carts; and as part of the agency’s holiday travel season radio campaign.
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 and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; 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.
The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.