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Air Train Newark
By David Paul Gerber
Newark Airtrain was the first rail service provided by the Port Authority. This service operates 24 hours a day/7 days a week and bears the original elements that is modeled after Airtrain JFK. The train runs from the new Amtrak/NJ Transit Newark International Airport to all 3 airport terminals and 4 parking areas. The similarities between Newark and JFK are the following:
Now for the differences between Newark and JFK:
We start our trip from Newark Liberty International Airport train station, after we get off from the Amtrak/NJ Transit Rail station and walk upstairs to the Airtrain fare control for the start of the trip.
We usually have the Airtrain fare included in the NJ Transit or Amtrak fare. The same ticket used for NJ Transit permits access through the turnstiles by inserting the card through the slot and waiting for the barriers to retract momentarily. Amtrak passengers just show the ticket to the customer service rep at the counter and are allowed in as special entry. There are NJ Transit ticket machines at both ends of fare control, the outside machines only sell Airtrain tickets, the inside machines sell NJ Transit tickets. After passing through fare control, there are $2 luggage cart rentals.
We walk through the automatic sliding doors and see the restrooms to the left, elevator to the center, and stairs/escalators to the right. We descend downstairs to the Airtrain level and board our train.
P4: Parking stop 4 for parking, courtesy vans, there is a big multi-level lot on the right side.
Terminal C: This is the first of the 3 terminal stops; the stop was built inside the terminal so there is no passageway needed. Most domestic and international Continental Airlines are served here. All 3 terminals have food courts and other airport services. The Airtrain runs to the rear of the terminals, while the roadways are in front.
Terminal B: Air Canada, Northwestern/KLM and other international airlines are housed here
Terminal A: United, most domestic and international American Airlines and Southwest are the major tenants here.
P3: Parking stop 3 for most rental car companies and Parking Rows 1 through 8
After leaving P3, there is a track that appears to be a yard lead. It is too far off to the distance to see the yard.
P2: More car rentals are here, mostly on-airport and off-airport
P1: Last stop on the Newark Airtrain, Parking rows 9-52 are here.
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