PANYNJ to Replace AirTrain Newark at EWR

As part of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) ongoing work to modernise Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), the agency has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to replace the AirTrain Newark with a new 2.5-mile elevated guideway train system.

The first phase of this project includes the design and construction of the new AirTrain’s system technology, as well as the operations and maintenance of the required components.

In addition, the first phase includes the furnishing, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of the system technology.

Newark Airtrain
The current AirTrain EWR, which has reached the end of its useful life, will be replaced with a new AirTrain system which aims to meet increasing passenger demands and ‘enable world-class operations’

Following this RFQ, the system technology Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued to the shortlisted proposers in first quarter of 2023.

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said:

“Debuted in 1996, the existing system has become outmoded and unreliable over the years, and we want to ensure that the new system provides a high level of service that our airport customers and employees deserve.

“The first phase of the procurement process is a critical step in advancing our commitment to delivering a new system designed to provide best-in-class standards for reliability, comfort, and convenience using 21st century technology.”

AirTrain Newark is reaching the end of its useful life, but is a critical component of the operation of Newark Liberty International Airport.

The current system carries an average of 26,000 passengers each day, or nearly 10 million passengers per year.

It provides access to the Northeast Corridor Rail Link Station and allows customers and employees to transfer between terminals, parking lots and rental car facilities.

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said:

“We are committed to building a brand-new AirTrain Newark system, which is an integral part of modernising and improving Newark Airport. A new rail link – which is a perfect complement to the new world-class Terminal A – will enhance the travel experience with seamless connections and quick access to the airport, as well as the new parking garage and consolidated rental car facility.”

Additional procurement phases in the AirTrain Newark Replacement Program may include the following contract packages:

  • Early works packages
  • Design package
  • 2.5-mile elevated guideway structure and three stations including back of house areas
  • Maintenance and control facility for the system technology equipment
  • Pedestrian connections from stations to existing airport facilities

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