AirTrain Newark is a 3-mile (4.8 km) monorail system connecting Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to the Newark Liberty International Airport train station on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail line of New Jersey Transit and Amtrak. Originally serving only as an airport circulator, a service which allows passengers to transfer between airport terminals or concourses, the monorail track was refurbished and extended to the NEC, with construction beginning in 1997. The system reopened for service on October 21, 2000. The contract to build the system was awarded to Von Roll AG, but the project was finished by Adtranz, who acquired Von Roll's monorail division while the system was being built. Adtranz was later acquired by Bombardier Transportation, who continues to operate the AirTrain under contract to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the operator of the airport.
Automated announcements recorded by traffic reporter Bernie Wagenblast tell riders which airlines can be found in each terminal.
In 2007, the average daily paid ridership was 4,930.
The train is free, except to and from the Amtrak/New Jersey Transit station. In that case, the fare is included in the price of the train ticket. New Jersey Transit monthly pass holders must pay an extra $5.50 to ride AirTrain, unless they set EWR as the origin or destination stop for their pass.
An AirTrain over the P3 parking lot, 2005
View from the front car of the train, 1997
The AirTrain has three major stations within the airport, one for each main terminal (A, B, and C). These stations sit on top of the terminal buildings. There are four other stations (P1, P2, P3, and P4) for the parking lots and rental car facilities plus an eighth at the Northeast Corridor.
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