Transportation

Airlines rise to $13 billion heights in JFK terminal plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two global air-travel stalwarts are doubling down on John F. Kennedy International Airport. Texas-based American Airlines and London-based British Airways will invest a combined $344 million in expansion and customer-focused improvements at the international travel hub, which ranks as the world’s 22nd busiest, the nation’s sixth busiest and the metropolitan area’s single-busiest airport. Marking a big forward step for his comprehensive, $13 billion modernization strategy for the Queens airport, Gov. Andrew…

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Opposition on board, Senate clears LIRR ‘third track’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days into the “summer of hell,” the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Long Island Rail Road commuters all got some long-awaited good news Tuesday. State Senate Republicans have signed off on public funding for the LIRR’s roughly $2 billion “third track” effort, clearing a last hurdle for the perpetually debated plan to ease a 10-mile bottleneck between Hicksville and the Queens border – a critical pressure point for…


Hot tip: In-app Uber gratuities come to Suffolk

Suffolk County Uber passenger can now take advantage of in-app tipping protocols. Noting “an important step forward,” Uber announced Thursday that “the feature asked for the most in the Uber app” is now available to Suffolk County passengers. The introduction of the tipping software in Long Island’s easternmost county is part of the San Francisco-based company’s 180 Days of Change campaign, which seeks to enact various service improvements – requested by both passengers and drivers –…


When pigs fly (and horses and cats and dogs, too)

By GREGORY ZELLER // It took Noah some time, too. Extrapolating from clues provided by the Book of Genesis, theologians calculate that God’s favorite shipbuilder spent between 55 and 75 years constructing his namesake ark. The goings aren’t quite that slow at The Ark at JFK, though it’s taking Ark Development LLC a fair amount of time to finalize its comprehensive animal handling and shipping facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It won’t spare…


Cuomo to MTA: Cut LIRR fares during ‘summer of hell’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Andrew Cuomo wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to give Long Island commuters a break. The governor on Monday called on the MTA to reduce fares for Long Island Rail Road passengers who can’t travel to Midtown Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station because of Amtrak’s scheduled track-repair work this summer. Amtrak’s emergency repair work is slated to begin in July and run through September. While it’s ongoing, some LIRR trains will terminate at either…


New Frontier: Low-cost airline lands at MacArthur

Frontier Airlines will fly in and out of Islip beginning in August, one of several new routes added to the no-frills provider’s flight plan. The company announced Wednesday that it was adding Town of Islip-owned Long Island MacArthur Airport and T.F. Green Airport – owned by the Rhode Island Airport Corp. and located near Rhode Island’s capital city of Providence – to its schedule. The latter addition will be the nation’s only nonstop service between…


Long Island bridges cross FY2018 spending plan

Two Long Island bridges are among more than 100 key New York crossings earning a line in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s FY2018 budget proposal. Suffolk County would receive $11.5 million to put toward ongoing rehabilitation of the Horseblock Road bridge over Long Island Avenue and the Long Island Rail Road in Medford, while Nassau County would receive $5 million to support work on the Merrick Road bridge over Milburn Creek in Baldwin, according to the governor’s…