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Trains to the planes
Kathy Hochul wants to remodel
John F. Kennedy International
Airport in much the same way as
Andrew Cuomo wanted to do with La-
Guardia Airport when he was governor:
Bring it into the 21st century.
Much like the reconstruction of La-
Guardia, it’s not mere legacy-building.
It’s about creating viable, modern gateways
for travelers heading to New York
— something the city desperately needs
to remain competitive in the global
On Monday, Hochul and the Port Authority
unveiled the massive $9.6 billion
plan to reconstruct JFK Terminal One,
which will actually take up the space of
three current terminals at the airport.
The goal is to create a 21st-century airport
terminal that will make arriving at
and departing from JFK far less of the
hassle it can oft en be.
The best part of the project, thus far, is
that most of it is being privately fi nanced,
taking some of the economic pressure
off New York taxpayers and the Port
Authority. It also aims to create more
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than 16,000 temporary and permanent
jobs, delivering the local economy a good
shot in the arm.
But when one builds a better, larger
facility of any kind, it eventually generates
more business. For JFK, that means
more travelers. More travelers means
more traffi c — and if you’ve ever traveled
into or out of JFK via the Van Wyck
Expressway, you know how agonizing
that can be.
JFK Terminal One’s construction will
need to beget some kind of transportation
improvements. Expanding the Van Wyck
Expressway just isn’t an option in a society
moving away from the automobile.
Like LaGuardia, JFK lacks a direct,
one-seat ride via the subway system.
Yes, you can pick up the AirTrain from
subway connections in Howard Beach
and Jamaica, Queens, but it still involves
a costly transfer — the AirTrain fare is
going up to $8 in 2022, nearly three times
more than the $2.75 subway fare.
Hochul and the Port Authority are
fi nally thinking big in their JFK transformation
plan. Now it’s time to think even
bigger by envisioning and planning a
subway connection right to the airport.
Let’s give New Yorkers two “trains to
the planes”: one for LaGuardia, and the
other for JFK, the Big Apple’s gateway to
Much like 21st-century airports,
we also deserve a 21st-century way of