Governor Says $2.1 Billion Needed for Newark Airport’s Monorail

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy says that Newark Liberty International Airport needs a new monorail. The $2.1 billion cost would outstrip the replacement of a century-old train bridge that connects commuters to New York City.

“AirTrain, the 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) line that carries 11 million passengers a year among terminals, opened in 1996 with a designed life of 25 years. Maintenance over the next decade will cost $400 million, Murphy said at a news conference at the airport, one of the busiest in the U.S. and crucial to the New York City-area economy.”

“When AirTrain breaks down, as it all too often does, Newark Liberty simply cannot function as it should,” Murphy said.

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