Hey Russ...summer's great here. I'm in Rochester for a week, where the world is greener than I thought possible. My mom says rains have been heavy. Upstate New York is so beautiful...forests, fields, lake shore and marsh ponds, and it's all brighter green than the color tweaking on an HP scanner could make it.
Still, I would have been MUCH happier making my Southwest flight right into Rochester International Airport than having to fly to BUF. Another letter to Southwest will be written shortly.
When is the AirTrain at JFK supposed to open? That will make for train service right from T6 to Manhattan, even if it does involve a couple of changes. That changes the JFK picture drastically....trains don't sit in expressway traffic.
I take the Maryland Transit Authority's MARC commuter trains from DC to BWI, and it's great. From the DC Metro system, four blocks from my house, it's two trains, a short bus ride (which will be replaced by a people mover train in a few years) and I'm at BWI. MARC costs $5. You can't beat it, especially as car traffic around BWI becomes more congested.
When the JFK AirTrain opens, JetBlue will probably pitch it heavily. If I remember right, there's not subway access to LaGuardia, only expensive cabs. And subways don't have to sit in expressway traffic.