News & Notes: Newark Airport AirTrain system requires expensive reconstruction| Apr 29, 2015
Major Newark transportation systems are calling for serious reparations, NJ Media for Advance NJ.com reported.
The Newark Liberty International Airport AirTrain system requires over a billion dollars in reconstruction, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners announced.
The current AirTrain system is 19 years old, and critics have condemned its slowness, lack of reliability and general wear and tear. The money to repair the train will range from .75 to 1.1 billion dollars.
To raise the money, the Port Authority Board of Commissions must fundraise or cut spending in other areas of its budget.
On Thursday, the Board will vote whether to initiate a $40 million spending plan on the AirTrain system. The money allocated to planning is a small fraction of the funds demanded.
The AirTrain has already fallen short of expectation, as it was intended to run efficiently until 2021. Aside from its much needed replacement, the AirTrain was already being criticized for its slowness.
Veronica Vanterpool, the executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, said she hopes for a less expensive reconstruction by instituting buses instead of trains.