The Train to the Plane

by Virginia Fairweather, Freelance Writer; Wyckoff, NY; formerly, Editor in Chief, Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 8, Pg. 34-39

Document Type: Feature article


Getting to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport is an urban nightmare. The Port Authority (PA) of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, has wrestled with proposals for a train to the airport for close to 30 years. Finally, construction is under way for the AirTrain rail link, an 8.4 mi long (13.5 km) system that will start operating in 2002. But getting to that point wasn't easy�the $950 million design-build-operate-maintain agreement required full corporate guarantees in lieu of more conventional bonding, a hard choice for some contenders. Those guarantees extended to the operation and maintenance stages, increasing the potential liability for the successful consortium.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Urban and regional development | Rail transportation | Ports and harbors | Maintenance and operation | Liability | Construction management

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