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AirTrain Project

Project Highlights

  • Installed lighting, public address, CCTV and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Rebuilt railroad platform at Jamaica Station
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Long Island Rail Road
Queens, New York

RailWorks Transit rebuilt and modernized Jamaica Station and constructed the AirTrain Terminal as part of the AirTrain project, a $1.9 billion automated people mover shuttle system to provide ground transportation to, from and around JFK International Airport.

RailWorks began work on the five-year, $72 million AirTrain project in 2001. RailWorks installed all the lighting, public address, closed-circuit television, electrical service and distribution equipment systems, as well as lightning protection and mechanical systems. Phase I, completed in late 2003, focused on constructing a modern, eight-story AirTrain station giving riders access to a street lobby and portal mezzanine to connect to Long Island Rail Road’s five-platform commuter service. Phase II, completed in late 2006, focused on rebuilding the Long Island Rail Road’s five, 1,000-foot station platforms to accommodate new systems and more riders.

Unique Features

A key challenge of the project was updating the landmark Jamaica Station while preserving its historic elements dating back to 1916.