JFK Airport to Receive $10 Billion Upgrade

By Paul Riegler on 4 January 2017
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T1 Security checkpoint at JFK

Saying “We have to catch up,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled on Wednesday a $10 billion plan to update John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The makeover will include interconnecting terminals in the airport’s Terminal City, adding more flights, new amenities, improved security checkpoints, and significant improvements on highways and trains serving the airport.

“We want to welcome you to the JFK Airport of the future: new amenities inside, streamlined transportation outside and new security measures,” the governor said on Twitter.

The plan, prepared by the governor’s Airport Master Plan Advisory Panel, calls for demolishing the airport’s older terminals (including Terminals 1, 2, and 7, built in 1998, 1962, and 1972 respectively) and renovating the airport’s newer terminals (including 4, 5, and 8) to create a “cohesive, connected” airport. The redevelopment work will include the interconnection of multiple terminals so that travelers can transfer between them without having to clear security again. The panel’s plan also calls for a ring road around the terminals and more convenient parking facilities.

The Van Wyck Expressway, the always-congested main roadway to JFK, will be expanded from three to four lanes in each direction and the Kew Gardens Interchange, which connects to the Grand Central and Jackie Robinson Parkways, will gain an additional lane as well. AirTrains between Jamaica Station and the airport will each gain two cars, doubling the capacity.

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