Transforming JFK Airport for the 21st Century

Andrew Cuomo
Jan 4, 2017 · 2 min read

JFK International Airport welcomes more international passengers to the United States than any other airport in the country, and that number is expected to grow dramatically over the next several decades.

But for far too long, JFK has fallen short of today’s global standards. There are overcrowded facilities, confusing on-airport roadways, and poor airport accessibility. In fact, JFK ranks 59th among the world’s top 100 airports.

For New York to remain competitive in the global market, JFK must develop into a modern, state-of-the-art facility that puts passengers first.

It’s time to take action.

Our Airports Advisory panel has developed a vision plan to transform JFK into a unified, interconnected airport that changes the passenger experience and makes the airport much easier to access and navigate.

The vision plan specifically addresses accessibility to the airport, by car and rail.

The Department of Transportation will improve the roadways leading to JFK, including addressing key bottlenecks on the Van Wyck and at the Kew Gardens Interchange.

The Advisory Panel also recommended the development of actionable plans to expand rail mass transit access. The options they laid out include doubling the capacity of the AirTrain, improving the MTA’s subway and LIRR connections to the AirTrain at Jamaica Station, and exploring the feasibility of a one-seat rail ride to JFK.

Our unprecedented $100 billion infrastructure plan sets the stage for economic growth and prosperity for generations to come. That is why we’re transforming JFK into an airport equipped for the demands of the 21st century and worthy of the State of New York.

Andrew Cuomo

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Father, fisherman, motorcycle enthusiast, 56th Governor of New York.

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