AirTrain Service at Newark Airport to Be Suspended for 75 Days

The AirTrain which serves Newark International Airport will not operate for approximately 75 days starting on May 1, 2014. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Short hair Francis. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Short hair Francis.

If you plan on being at Newark International Airport between May 1, 2014 and approximately July 14, 2014, be aware that the AirTrain service will be suspended for approximately 75 days to allow the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to perform critical repair work to the rail system within the airport, according to this official press release.
Additionally, the AirTrain station which links to New Jersey Transit and Amtrak train lines along the Northeast Corridor Rail Line will be closed throughout the service suspension. Substitute shuttle bus service will be provided from Penn Station in Newark.
Also during the suspension of service, shuttle buses will provide service between terminals, parking lots P2 and P3 — which are the daily parking and rental car areas — and the P4 garage, including valet and hotel courtesy vans. Normal shuttle bus service between long-term economy parking and the terminals will not be affected by the AirTrain service suspension. Short-term parking lots at Terminals A, B and C are within walking distance of the terminals — but parking your vehicle in those parking lots are more expensive.
“Well its reliability while shut down might just equal that of when it’s actually operating…” quipped FlyerTalk member plon in this discussion.
I am not sure I would go that far. Whenever I have used the AirTrain service at Newark International Airport, it has always been reliable for me.
“With the closing of the Pulaski Skyway….stay away from EWR if your destination is New York”, advised FlyerTalk member Analise. “Fly into LGA or JFK. Maybe even ISP.”
The northbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway — a busy crossing which carries traffic on United States Highways 1 and 9 — will be closed for 24 months beginning on Saturday, April 12, 2014 so that the bridge deck may be “rehabilitated” by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Motorists will continue to be able to travel in the southbound direction on the Pulaski Skyway during this phase of the rehabilitation project…
…and this does not even include the construction and rehabilitation of runway 4L-22R at Newark International Airport, which has already started — forcing it to be out of service through the end of the year.
Although it is structurally safe, dozens of spots on the 6.3-mile running surface of the AirTrain rail system which consists of a welded steel grid and epoxy grout are showing signs of erosion — similar to how potholes appear on roadways — and need replacement.
You are urged to find alternate means of travel to and from Newark International Airport if at all possible — and consider getting dropped off and picked up at the airport.
In addition to direct shuttle bus service from Newark Penn Station, other ground transportation options at Newark Airport include:
  • Bus service via New Jersey Transit Bus Lines go28, 37, 62, 67, and 107
  • The Newark Airport express bus that connects all three passenger terminals to Grand Central Station at East 41 Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue; Bryant Park at West 42 Street and Fifth Avenue; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal at West 41 Street between Eighth Avenue and Ninth Avenue
  • Taxi, car and van service for connections between the airport and locations throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania

If you use the shuttle bus service, you are strongly urged to allow for extra time and be prepared for possible delays. Regular ticket fees will apply for service between the airport and Penn Station in Newark. Shuttle bus travel from terminal to terminal, and between terminals, parking and rental car areas is free of charge.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will have additional customer care representatives — easily identified by their red jackets — available in key locations to assist customers throughout the service suspension.
I remember when I had top-tier elite level status with Continental Airlines and used to park my car at Newark Airport regularly. Most flights operated by Continental Airlines were accessed at Terminal C; and although there was shuttle bus service between the long-term economy parking lot near Terminal C — this was before there was an AirTrain — I would park my car near this hole in the fence which someone created and I would simply walk the couple of minutes to Terminal C. It was so easy and quick.
I wonder if that hole in the fence is still there. It would come in really handy during the suspension of the operation of the AirTrain…

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