"Don't forget that JFK
is the easiest of the three big NYC airports to reach from Long Island"
I think LGA
is more conveinant to folks from the North Shore.
With regards to the JFK
Airtrains, no one seat ride can be established right now between EWR
to Manhattan. Not untill new tunnels are built under the Hudson and under the East River, the 4 tunnels that carry LIRR trains into Manhattan from Queens were built by the Pennsylvania Rail road nearly 100 years ago.
Those tunnels are used to 100% capacity during the Morning and Afternoon, a typical LIRR train heading into Manhattan carries atleast 1,000 people. If a "one seat ride" connection were built from JFK
-Manhattan the most people to board a single train would probably be 200, there's no way anyone is going to displace or interrupt the commutes of 1,000 people to accomadate 200 out of towners.
Same with EWR
, there are only two tracks underneath the Hudson river for NJ
Transit and Amtrak to access Manhattan from NJ
. Those tubes are operating at capacity aswell, any extra capacity that is freed up most go to relieving the commutes of NJ
There's planning going on right now to build a new Hudson river tunnel for Amtrak and NJ
Transit, it's expected to cost about $3 Billion. When/if that's built the first priority is to relieve crowding on NJ
Transit's existing trains, then reserving slots for EWR
could be considered.
With the LIRR there are two key projects, one under study and one set to begin construction.
The first is called "East Side Access", basically it's going to utilize the lower Level of the 63rd street Subway tunnel from Queens to Manhattan to allow LIRR to send some trains to Grand Central Terminal. Thus freeing up some slots to Penn station for a "direct" Airtrain trip to Manhattan Penn Station, the second has been developed since the 9-11 attacks.
The plan is to basically build a new East river tunnel from Brooklyn-Lower Manhattan to allow LIRR trains to access the new Fulton Street transit hub being built.
That would allow JFK
Airtrains to access Lower Manhattan, that project will cost about $3 Billion.
Remember Manhattan is an Island, to get trains there you have to build new tunnels. The current tunnels are at full capacity.
One more plan is the PATH extension to EWR
airport from the New World Trade Center Transit hub.
Here are some links for more comprehensive detail.
Plan to bring LIRR, JFK
Airtrains to Lower Manhattan. And PATH trains to EWR
Fulton street station improvements, where new Lower Manhattan LIRR station and JFK
Airtrain would go.
LIRR East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal.
-Manhattan, One Seat ride.
Prominent architect to design new World Trade Center PATH station, where trains will run to EWR