(Rebecca Fishbein) Public transportation's been a little rough lately, what with all the confusing weekend subway changes along with the Montague Tube closure and other outer borough-bound struggles (does the L even run past Lorimer anymore?). And now, it looks like another travel woe is headed our way; the Port Authority announced yesterday that they'll be suspending AirTrain service to JFK on intermittent dates, starting tomorrow until mid-October.
The closures are apparently part of a system-wide overhaul to keep the decade-old train running smoothly, though that information probably won't comfort you when you're sprinting to make a 7 a.m. flight to O'Hare. Tentative closure dates are listed on the Port Authority's website; expect daylong shutdowns from Federal Circle to the Central Terminal Area and the Central Terminal Area Loop on September 7, 8, 14 and 30, and total AirTrain overnight closures (from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.) September 14-18 and 22 and October 9-10 and 16-17.
The city also anticipates closing the JFK Expressway on two weekends this month: Friday, September 6 at 10 p.m. though Sunday, September 8 at 6 p.m., and Friday, September 13 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, September 15 at 6 p.m. The Port Authority says they'll be running free shuttle buses along the shuttered AirTrain line, or you can suck it up and fork over the $50 or so it'll cost you to take a taxi. Food and rent are pretty overrated, after all.
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