That ain’t right.
I want to like Jersey. I really do. It’s the most slighted state in the country — and one of the most tolled (Pennsylvania and Oklahoma are also in the running) — and I like an underdog. Just not one who bites.
To quote Michael Stipe, consider this:
Newark charges New Yorkers more for public transit rides to its airport than at any major city on earth. And until they change that I want my fireworks show back.
For the 12-mile ride to Newark Airport from Midtown’s Penn Station, the NJ Transit’s AirTrain link charges $15 per person for the 24-minute trip. It’s a commuter train, with little room for your bags. And it’s priced to punish New Yorker airport-goers. If you get off at the station before the airport (Newark’s Penn Station), it’s only $4 one way; if you exit one station after the airport (North Elizabeth) it’s $5.50.
NJ-NJ fares to the airport are far far cheaper. The 60-minute ride from Trenton (at the end of the line, on the Pennsylvania border) to Newark’s Airport is only $9.25, a 38% savings for 150% jump in travel time.
Compare this with other world airports:
- In Tokyo, passengers can make the 40-mile trip to Narita on a Keikyu train for $4.
- In London, just how on the tube for the 15-mile trip to Heathrow ($8 one way).
- Paris‘ commuter train — the RER (my initials) — charges $11.50 for the trip.
- San Francisco‘s airport is reached directly by its BART commuter train — about $5.
Brothers! Sisters! Stop the madness!
* With the exception, I hear, of Nicole Kidman (and a few other richies) who has a flashy pad on West Side Highway downtown.