|Locale||JFK Airport and Queens, New York|
|Transit type||People mover|
|Began operation||December 17, 2003|
|System length||8. John F Kennedy International Airport is an International airport located in Queens County on Long Island in southeastern New York City about 12 miles (19 New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous For the private automobile see People carrier A people mover or automated people mover (APM is a fully automated grade-separated Events 546 - Gothic War (535–554: The Ostrogoths of King Totila Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. 1 miles (13 km)|
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|No. of vehicles||32 cars|
|No. of stations||10|
|Daily ridership||11,384 (as of June 2006)|
|Operator(s)||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
AirTrain JFK is an 8. June 2006 was a month with thirty days The following events also occurred during the month The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ( PANYNJ) is a bi-state Port district, established in 1921 (as the Port of New York Authority) through 1-mile (13-km) people mover system in New York City that connects John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to the city's subway and commuter trains. A mile is a unit of Length, usually used to measure Distance, in a number of different systems including Imperial units United States The kilometre ( American spelling: kilometer) symbol km is a unit of Length in the Metric system, equal to one thousand For the private automobile see People carrier A people mover or automated people mover (APM is a fully automated grade-separated The City of New York John F Kennedy International Airport is an International airport located in Queens County on Long Island in southeastern New York City about 12 miles (19 It is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which also operates the airport and AirTrain Newark. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ( PANYNJ) is a bi-state Port district, established in 1921 (as the Port of New York Authority) through AirTrain Newark is a 19-mile (3km Monorail system connecting Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR to the Newark Liberty International Airport train
AirTrain connects the airport terminals and parking areas with Long Island Rail Road and New York City Subway lines at Jamaica and Howard Beach stations in Queens. The New York City Subway is a Rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority, a subsidiary agency Jamaica is a neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City. Howard Beach is a middle class neighborhood in the southwestern portion of the borough of Queens in New York City. The system consists of three overlapping routes:
The Howard Beach route ends at the Howard Beach-JFK subway station served by the IND Rockaway Line (A). Howard Beach–JFK Airport is a station on the IND Rockaway Line of the New York City Subway. The IND Rockaway Line is a Rapid transit line of the IND Division of the New York City Subway. The A Eighth Avenue Express is a Rapid transit service of the New York City Subway. It stops at Lefferts Boulevard for shuttle buses to long term parking lots A and B, & the airport employee parking lot as well as the B15 bus to Brooklyn.
The Jamaica Station route ends at Jamaica Station on the Long Island Rail Road, adjacent to the Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue-JFK subway station served by the Archer Avenue Line (E J Z). Jamaica Station (often referred to simply as Jamaica) is the major hub and headquarters of the Long Island Rail Road, and is located in Jamaica Queens Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue–JFK Airport is a station on the IND Archer Avenue Line and the BMT Archer Avenue Line of the New York City Subway The Archer Avenue Line is a Rapid transit line of the New York City Subway, mostly running under Archer Avenue in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens The E Eighth Avenue Local is a Rapid transit service of the New York City Subway. The J Nassau Street Express and Z Nassau Street Express (earlier Jamaica Express) are two Rapid transit services of the B Division of the The J Nassau Street Express and Z Nassau Street Express (earlier Jamaica Express) are two Rapid transit services of the B Division of the Jamaica Station and the two-level subway stations are connected by a central elevator bank, allowing passengers to transfer conveniently between them. An elevator or lift is a Transport device used to move people or goods vertically from one floor to another
Before separating for their final destinations, both routes stop at Federal Circle for car rental companies and shuttle buses to hotels and the airport's air cargo area. Cargo airlines (or airfreight carriers, and derivatives of these names are Airlines dedicated to the Transport of Cargo. Both routes make a counterclockwise loop through the airport and stop at each terminal.
The All Terminals loop is an airport terminal circulator, which serves the six terminal stations (Terminal 1, Terminals 2 / 3, Terminal 4, Terminals 5 / 6, Terminal 7, and Terminals 8 / 9), but operates in the opposite direction, making a clockwise loop. This is a list of automated People mover systems located at airports around the world
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AirTrain is free within the terminal area and to the hotel and car rental shuttle buses at Federal Circle. Entering or leaving AirTrain at the Jamaica or Howard Beach stations costs $5.
The fare must be paid by MetroCard, which can be purchased with cash, a credit card or an ATM card. MetroCard redirects here For other cards see MetroCard (disambiguation See also Transportation in New York City The MetroCard There are vending machines at Jamaica and Howard Beach stations where one can pay for the AirTrain and also pay subway and Long Island Rail Road fares. A vending machine is a machine that provides various snacks beverages and other products to consumers According to AirTrain, the only reduced fee MetroCard for AirTrain is the $40 Unlimited Ride MetroCard. There are 2 types of $40 Unlimited Ride MetroCard, both allow an unlimited number of rides. One is valid for one calendar month and the other is valid for 30 days since first use. According to MTA, another reduced fare ticket is offered, the JFK-AirTrain 10-Trip MetroCard. It costs $25 and is good for 10 JFK Air-Train trips until midnight six months after first use. 1 trip is deducted for each use. Only accepted for AirTrain trips.
There are flight status displays in many AirTrain stations, including Jamaica and Howard Beach. All station stops are announced via recorded messages.
The fastest trip time to Manhattan is via the Long Island Rail Road at the Jamaica AirTrain connection. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York From Jamaica to Penn Station in midtown Manhattan on the Long Island Rail Road takes 20 minutes. Pennsylvania Station (commonly known as “Penn Station”) is the major intercity rail station and a major Commuter rail hub in New York City Taking the subway can double the travel time, but is less expensive and services the east side of Manhattan.
Travelers to Long Island or Brooklyn can use the Long Island Rail Road from Jamaica; subway trains from both Howard Beach and Jamaica also serve Brooklyn. Long Island is an island located in southeastern New York, USA, its western shores directly across from Manhattan, from which the island stretches Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. Dozens of local bus lines serving Queens and Brooklyn stop at or near Jamaica as well.
The Long Island Rail Road serves Penn Station in midtown Manhattan, where connections to New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains are available. Pennsylvania Station (commonly known as “Penn Station”) is the major intercity rail station and a major Commuter rail hub in New York City The New Jersey Transit Corporation (usually shortened to New Jersey Transit, NJ Transit or NJT) is a statewide Public transportation system serving The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Doing business as Amtrak, is a Government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971 The completion of East Side Access, expected in 2012, will offer AirTrain passengers connecting to the LIRR a direct route to Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan. East Side Access is a public works project being undertaken by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA in New York City, designed to bring the Long Island 2012 ( MMXII) will be a Leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. "Grand Central Station" redirects here For other uses see Grand Central.
All AirTrain JFK stations are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and are, therefore, wheelchair accessible, as well as having other features designed to assist passengers who have a visual or hearing impairment. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA is the short title of United States ( codified at et seq The Howard Beach subway and Jamaica Long Island Rail Road stations it connects with are also ADA-compliant. See New York City Subway accessibility and Long Island Rail Road accessibility for connection information. This is a list of Rapid transit stations on the New York City Subway system This is a list of all stations that have been used by the Long Island Rail Road or its predecessors
Planners have long desired a rail connection to JFK airport, which suffers from traffic congestion on its access roads. However, efforts to build a system was slow and the final system deviated from the original plan.
The line was to begin in midtown Manhattan, at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge. The Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge, is a Cantilever bridge over the East River in New York City that was completed in The Airtrain would cross the East River using the side roads on the lower level of the bridge. It would use the Sunnyside Yards as a right-of-way towards LaGuardia Airport. Sunnyside Yard is a large railroad yard in Sunnyside Queens in New York City. LaGuardia Airport (ləˈɡwɑɹdiə is an airport located in Queens County on Long Island in the The City of New York. From this airport, the Airtrain would follow the Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway south towards Jamaica, with a station connecting to the IRT Flushing Line. The Grand Central Parkway is a Parkway that stretches from the Triborough Bridge in New York City to Nassau County on Long Island. Interstate 678 (abbreviated I-678) is a north-south Spur route in the Interstate Highway System that runs 14 miles (23 km entirely within two boroughs The Flushing Line is a Rapid transit route of the New York City Subway system operated as part of the IRT Division and designated the 7 route Ultimately, only the portions linking Jamaica and Howard Beach to the JFK Airport were approved and built.
The connection to La Guardia was never implemented, leaving that airport the only one of the Port Authority's commercial airports, serving scheduled airlines, which lacks rail service (the Port Authority also operates Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, which serves general aviation and charter flights). Teterboro Airport is a General aviation "reliever" Airport located in the Boroughs of Teterboro, Moonachie, and Hasbrouck New Jersey ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. General aviation (abbr GA) is one of two categories of Civil aviation. A charter airline, also sometimes referred to as an Air taxi, operates Aircraft on a charter basis that is flights that take place outside normal schedules by a
Construction of the AirTrain system began in 1998 for completion in 2002, but was delayed by the derailment of a test train on September 27, 2002, killing 23-year-old operator Kelvin DeBourgh, Jr. Events 489 - Odoacer attacks Theodoric at the Battle of Verona and is defeated again See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar.  The system finally opened after a 14 month delay on December 17, 2003. Events 546 - Gothic War (535–554: The Ostrogoths of King Totila Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.
The $1. 9 billion AirTrain has become a success that defied critics who feared the project could become a boondoggle because of some southeastern Queens residents' vocal complaints, the death of a worker during a test run, early problems with the doors and delays leading up to its December 2003 launch. The Port Authority responded to residents' concerns by imposing strict rules regarding disruptive or loud construction activity, such as pile driving, and by implementing a streamlined damage claim process which quickly compensated homeowners who suffered damage to their homes, such as foundation cracks, as a result of construction. A pile driver is a mechanical device used to drive Piles into soil to provide foundation support for buildings or other structures A foundation is a Structure that transfers loads to the earth
The AirTrain project was financed using federal Passenger Facility Charge revenue (collected as a $3 fee on each outbound flight ticket), which can only be used for airport-related improvements. The use of this funding required FAA approval. Several airlines challenged the use of the PFC funds for this project, and hired a consultant to organize opposition to the project. They also appealed the funding decision in court, along with a small number of residents of Ozone Park. Ozone Park is a New York City neighborhood located in the southwestern section of the borough of Queens bordering Woodhaven, Richmond The airlines subsequently withdrew from the lawsuit following negotiations with the Port Authority; the residents continued the legal battle but lost in court. The Port Authority also contributed $100 million toward the renovation of Jamaica Station, with the State of New York paying for the rest of the $387 million project. The purpose of this renovation was, in part, to facilitate AirTrain connections. The state also spent $75 million to renovate the Howard Beach station, which brought it into ADA compliance and facilitated passengers transfers to and from AirTrain. AirTrain JFK, which is operated by Bombardier as a contractor to the Port Authority, does not receive subsidies from the state or city for its operating costs, which is one of the reasons cited for its relatively high fare.
The proposed Lower Manhattan-Jamaica/JFK Transportation Project would use the Long Island Rail Road Atlantic Branch to downtown Brooklyn and a new tunnel to lower Manhattan. The Lower Manhattan-Jamaica/JFK Transportation Project is a proposed public-works project in New York City, New York, that would use the Long Island Rail The Atlantic Branch is an electrified Rail line owned and operated by the Long Island Rail Road in the U Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower by DSJPG|thumb|The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower is a prominent symbol of Downtown This would provide faster service to JFK via a one-seat ride, as well as Long Island Rail Road service to lower Manhattan via a transfer at Jamaica. Under this proposal baggage could be checked in Manhattan and transferred directly to planes at the airport. Trains with hybrid propulsion systems that can run on the AirTrain, subway and Long Island Rail Road tracks might be required. The proposal may gain some momentum with the passing of the Transportation Bond Act in 2005.
The East Side Access project, now under construction and projected to open in 2013, will provide direct service between Jamaica station and Grand Central Terminal, with connections to Metro-North Commuter Railroad. East Side Access is a public works project being undertaken by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA in New York City, designed to bring the Long Island "Grand Central Station" redirects here For other uses see Grand Central. The Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, or MTA Metro-North Railroad, or more commonly Metro-North, is a Suburban commuter rail service
The recorded announcements on AirTrain JFK are by New York City traffic reporter, Bernie Wagenblast. Bernhard Robert Wagenblast (born September 1, 1956 in Elizabeth New Jersey) is the founder and editor of the Transportation Communications Newsletter
AirTrain JFK uses the same Advanced Rapid Transit (formerly Intermediate Capacity Transit System) technology from Bombardier as the SkyTrain in Vancouver, Canada and the Putra LRT in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Advanced Rapid Transit or ART is the current name given to a Rapid transit system manufactured by Bombardier Transportation; it was originally named Bombardier Inc (bɔ̃baʁdje is a Canadian conglomerate, founded by Joseph-Armand Bombardier as L'Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée in 1942 The SkyTrain is a two-line urban mass transit system in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver (vænˈkuːvɚ is a coastal The Kelana Jaya Line (coloured Pink on the Kuala Lumpur transit map is one of the two light rail transit lines in the Kuala Lumpur Rail Transit System Kuala Lumpur (ˈkwɑːləlʊmˈpʊər Malay /kwɑlɑlʊmpʊ/ and locally /kwɑləlʊmpɔ/ or even /kɔlɔmpɔ/ or often abbreviated as K It draws power from a third rail, and a linear induction motor pushes magnetically against an aluminum strip in the center of the track. A third rail is a method of providing Electricity to power a railway through a continuous rigid conductor alongside the railway track or between the rails A linear motor or linear induction motor is essentially a multi-phase Alternating current (AC Electric motor that has had its Stator "unrolled" WikipediaNaming The computerized trains are automated and operate without conductors or motormen. The 32 individual vehicles are of the Mark II variant.
Annual AirTrain ridership:
Average daily ridership since opening
Howard Beach: 3,632
June 2006, daily average ridership
Howard Beach: 4,254
2007 average daily paid ridership was 12,000. 
Yearly arrivals and departures at JFK
2003 . . . 31. 7 million
2004 . . . 37. 5 million
2005 . . . 40. 9 million
2006 . . . 41 million (expected)
About 11% of all travelers arriving at or departing from JFK use AirTrain, according to the Port Authority, which operates AirTrain and JFK.
Daily paid ridership on the system has been steadily rising. Ridership increased from 7,700 per day in June 2004 to nearly 11,300 per day in June 2006.
Meanwhile, nearly four times as many people are taking AirTrain for free each day to travel between the airport's seven active terminals and parking lots.
The growing popularity of AirTrain also reflects a passenger boom at JFK airport. The number of people passing through the airport jumped from 31. 7 million in 2003 to an estimated 41 million in 2006. 
Roughly 4 million people rode the train to JFK in 2006, an increase of about 15% over 2005.