An easy, one-seat train ride between JFK Airport and Midtown Manhattan can be put into place quickly with only modest cost by restoring a short segment of existing, unused rail right-of-way in Central Queens.
The new rail service would be operated on existing AirTrain tracks at JFK Airport and existing LIRR tracks in Queens to Penn Station. Trains would also be operated to Grand Central Terminal when the LIRR East Side Access Project is completed.
Trains would serve an improved rail station adjacent to Aqueduct Race Track and a new casino, where a convenient transfer would be provided with the A subway line serving the Rockaway Peninsula and Downtown, Manhattan.
Airport Express trains which would also serve the Aqueduct Casino would operate every ten minutes and stop at Woodside and elsewhere in Central Queens. They would serve the proposed Long Island /Sunnyside transfer station.
Fares could be set at MTA NYC MetroCard local fare levels or set at MTA NYC MetroCard express bus fare levels.
Airport passengers, visitors and employees alike would enjoy a far faster and more convenient ride to Manhattan, as well as other locations in Queens and throughout the region.
Transit riders in Central Queens would be able to make use of a speedy cross-borough rail service, complementing existing local bus service.
Residents and beachgoers would get a much faster ride to and from the Rockaway Peninsula.
Motorists would have an alternative to crowded highways, reducing congestion, pollution and preventing gridlock.
NYC’s tourism industry, a key economic generator for NYC, would greatly benefit from direct rail service to the Aqueduct Casino and to JFK Airport.
Property owners along the route would appreciate increases in property value due to improved access.
Residents adjacent to the line would gain a valuable open space amenity, replacing a rubbish-strewn eyesore.