Cost: $1.2 billion
Cost: $1.2 billion
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
||DBOM Contractor for Light Rail Tracks
and Light Rail Station at Jamaica:
- Slattery Skanska
Inc. Whitestone, N.Y.
- Skanska USA Inc.,
- Bombadier Transit Corp.,
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
- Koch Skanska Inc., Carteret,
- Sordoni Skanska Construction
Co. (now, Skanska USA Building Inc), Parsippany,
- STV Inc., NYC
- Perini Corp., Hawthorne,
Parsons Brinckerhoff, NYC
Agate Construction Co. Inc., Ocean View, NJ
The AirTrain to John F. Kennedy International Airport is
by far the largest construction project completed in the New
York Metropolitan area in 2002.
Weighing in at $1.2 billion, the Port Authority of New York
& New Jersey's AirTrain cost almost three times more than
anything else finished last year. Designed to address the
chronic difficulty of getting to and from the region's airports,
AirTrain is an 8.1-mile light-rail system that links JFK's
nine airline terminals to each other and the airport as a
whole to mass transit stations in Howard Beach and Jamaica,
Construction began in 1998 and was essentially done by the
end of 2002. The guideway (track) and track equipment were
100 percent complete. The light-rail vehicles were ready and
waiting, the service and inspection shop, control center and
storage yard were 100 percent finished, as was the tunnel
under the taxiways and the relocated service road. The reconstructions
of the Howard Beach and Jamaica stations, which will link
AirTrain to other train and bus lines, were 86 percent complete.
The 3.3-mile line west from JFK to Howard Beach includes
stops at airport car rental facilities and the employee/long-term
parking lot before moving on to the Howard Beach subway station
where travelers can connect to New York City Transit's A Train.
A second 3-mile line north to Jamaica runs for much of the
way along the median of the Van Wyck Expressway. Building
the guideway along the Van Wyck meant reconfiguring the highway
from the airport to Atlantic Avenue while allowing for the
continued flow of traffic, a process that began in summer
At Jamaica, AirTrain connects to the Long Island Rail Road,
which has had a station there since 1913, to NYCT's E, J and
Z subway lines and to a dozen different bus routes.
At its height of construction activity, the project employed
2,500 workers. "It was a daunting task because of the
sheer size of the project," said Gary Winsper, project
manager for AirTrain Transit Consortium, which functioned
as the DBOM contractor.
He added that the PA did not have the rights to construct
the guideway off of airport grounds when the project began.
So the PA was busy buying land and securing right-of-ways
as the consortium continued to build.
"We provided the PA with a lot of help in this regard,"
said Winsper, who is also an executive vice president with
Slattery Skanska Inc. "We created designs and plans to
demonstrate to communities where we wanted to build that it
could be done without disrupting their quality of life."
Due to the death of a worker last year during a test run
of the train, the beginning of service has been delayed. As
of April, testing had been resumed, at a slower pace and with
more precautions in place.
Winsper was confident, however, that AirTrain would be serving
the public by the end of 2003.