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Port Authority starts AirTrain upgrades

Link between Jamaica rail station and JFK to shut down periodically

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that a series of scheduled and lengthy closures of AirTrain service to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport began Saturday morning, Sept. 7, to accommodate overhauls, repairs and equipment replacement on the 10-year-old rail line.

The work is expected to take place periodically over the next six weeks, concluding in mid-October.

Switches, signals and other equipment will be upgraded or replaced as the commuter link between two of the city’s largest transportation hubs enters its second decade of service.

The PA announced last Friday that free shuttle bus service will be available from the Jamaica and Howard Beach stations to Federal Circle.

There, riders will be able to transfer to shuttle buses that will take them to individual JFK terminals during periods when the AirTrain is down.

PA customer care representatives will be on hand during those times to assist riders and to guide travelers to the appropriate buses.

There will be no charge for the buses, nor for the AirTrain when partial track closures are in effect.

The PA also will close the JFK Expressway into the central terminal area this weekend and next to erect steel to replace a bridge across the roadway.

Additional information and tentative work schedules are available online on the Port Authority’s website at panynj.gov/airports/jfk-airtrain.html.

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