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To my great shock, the MTA updated a sign the very day it should have:

Instructions for getting to JFK airport using Airtrain
Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, Brooklyn

Congrats, MTA. Anti-congrats to the Port Authority for replacing a fast, free shuttle bus with a fancy-shmancy train that costs $4.17 and saves maybe two or three minutes.

This is the same Port Authority that imposed a $2 New York ripoff surcharge on people taking the Newark Airtrain from New York City (but not from anywhere else). To get around that ripoff, buy a train ticket to North Elizabeth (the next station after the airport), get off at Newark Airport, and buy a separate airport-access ticket there. You save $2 each way, and even more if your trip times qualify you for a round-trip off-peak ticket to North Elizabeth.

It's also the same Port Authority that pissed me off by setting the signs on all the roadways at LaGuardia to display "God Bless America" -- an expression utterly devoid of any meaning other than one offensive to the nonreligious -- on Thanksgiving Day.

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The MTA probably updated the signs because the workers have no idea what to tell people looking for the Air Train.

Posted by: Jen at December 18, 2003 11:04 AM

Im going to NYC in March and I would like to know which places do you suggest me to get to. I dont want to know about "popular" places like Brodway or Central Park, Id rather the "not so known" places, if you please. Any help would be apreciated since this city has a great appeal to me. Thanks.

Posted by: Marco at December 18, 2003 04:39 PM

"God Bless Americia" boo hoo..

Posted by: Bob S. Yunkle at December 20, 2003 02:50 AM

You've got it all wrong-- the Airtrain is free from the Howard Beach station to the terminals-- it only costs if you take it to Jamaica or Long Island City.

It is a great improvement-- the shuttle buses were subject to getting stuck in traffic, but this thing just glides around, showing up every six minutes. It is the most modern transportation inovation NYC has had since they air conditioned the IRT

Posted by: Bill Altreuter at December 22, 2003 04:12 PM

I wish Bill were correct, but they charge $5 for Airtrain to Howard Beach too. (proof)

And it doesn't go to Long Island City at all, or anywhere even close.

Posted by: Mike at December 22, 2003 04:24 PM

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