The year was 1978. New York City wanted to make it easier to get people from Manhattan to JFK. So, they shined up some subway cars, recorded a catchy jingle and the JFK Express was born. Millions each year flew in and out of the airport. Surely, some would use the service. And, that was the problem. Only some did. At its peak, “4,000 to 5,000” riders used the service, with the number dipping to “3,200” when NYC Transit decided to discontinue the line. Plus, “47 percent of riders” were commuters from its terminus in Queens. So, that’s like 1,600 riders per day specific to the airport.
Now, the latest train to the plane is the proposed new PATH line to Newark Airport. Reports say it could move – trumpets please – about “6,000” airport goers each day! 6,000 per day is the same amount of people that ride NJT daily from Princeton Junction. And, all of this excitement for just $1.5 Billion with construction to commence in 2018. Governor Christie is a fan. And, we all thought Chris hated trains. I mean he screwed hundreds of thousands of commuters each day when he pulled NJ out of the ARC tunnel project. But, apparently his love of trains is because he likes airplanes more, especially if they fly out of Atlantic City. He’s so complex.
After listening to the old JFK Express advertisement, I may have found another reason why Governor Christie is a fan of the PATH extension. This could be an opportunity to revive that jingle. The Governor is fan of catchy jingles.