Press Release Article


Date: Jan 17, 2007
Press Release Number: 3-2007

AirTrain JFK’s paid ridership increased more than 15 percent in 2006 and AirTrain Newark’s paid ridership grew by more than 8 percent last year as both airport rail systems set annual passenger records.

Nearly 4 million paid riders used AirTrain JFK in 2006 to connect between John F. Kennedy International Airport’s passenger terminals and mass transit systems operated by New York City Transit and the Long Island Rail Road. AirTrain Newark, which links Newark Liberty International Airport to the Northeast Corridor Rail Line served by NJ Transit and Amtrak, handled nearly 1.6 million paid passengers in 2006. Both systems also serve tens of thousands of daily riders who use the rail systems for free to travel between passenger terminals and to connect to parking lots and rental car areas.

“AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark continue to gain riders every year as the ground transportation of choice for millions of people who use our nation’s premier domestic and international gateways in New York and New Jersey,” Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said. “Thirteen percent of JFK’s passengers now use AirTrain’s free or paid service to access passenger terminals, while AirTrain Newark is the primary ground transportation for 10 percent of Newark’s passengers.”

Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris said, “It’s our job to increase the popularity of these services even more in 2007. It just makes good sense. They’re fast, reliable, and provide a great benefit to the region by easing traffic and reducing emissions on roadways at and near the airports.”

With a record annual paid ridership in 2006 of 3,937,041 – a 15.4 percent increase over 3,411,762 paid passengers in 2005 – AirTrain JFK has now surpassed more than 10 million paid customers since it opened in late 2003. AirTrain Newark, which linked the existing airport monorail to mass transit in 2001, had a record 1,581,649 paid riders last year, up 8.5 percent from 1,457,704 paid passengers in 2005.

AirTrain JFK has helped support robust air passenger growth over the last several years at Kennedy Airport. In 2003, the airport served 31.7 million passengers. In 2004, that figure rose dramatically to 37.5 million, followed by another increase to 40.8 million in 2005. Kennedy Airport’s final passenger count for 2006 is expected to be about 42 million.

AirTrain Newark has done the same for Newark Airport. Passenger growth has climbed from 29.4 million in 2003, to 31.9 million in 2004, to 33 million in 2005. When the final numbers are in for 2006, Newark Airport is expected to set an all-time annual high with about 35.5 million passengers.

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 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; 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.

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