Beginning March 27, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will implement bus route service changes to and from JFK Airport to allow for construction at Terminal 6.
Bus route changes will remain in effect until construction in the affected area is complete in 2026, according to MTA officials, who provided a brief overview of the JFK airport redevelopment plan at the Community Council 13 Transportation Committee meeting on Thursday, February 10.
“The current Terminal 6 bus stop needs to be relocated to accommodate the upcoming terminal infrastructure. We are working closely with the MTA, the community and elected officials to make sure everyone is aware airport work,” said Rachelle Antoine, community outreach manager for JFK’s redevelopment program. “We’re looking at a $20 billion project in southeast Queens.”
There are four MTA bus routes that currently serve JFK Airport: B15, Q10 Local, Q10 Limited and Q3.
These four routes currently stop near Terminal 5, but this stop will be removed and relocated. The B15, Q10 Local and Q10 Limited will now terminate at the AirTrain station on Lefferts Boulevard, according to Matthew Kroll, transportation planner for the MTA.
Q3 will instead stop at Terminal 8, then continue to the AirTrain station on Boulevard Lefferts, along the service road.
For commuters taking the B15, Q10 Local or Q10 Limited to Terminal 5, they will need to get off at the Lefferts Boulevard AirTrain station, where entry to the station is free. The AirTrain stops at each terminal.
If commuters are traveling to the north or south feeder roads via the B15 or Q10, they can go to Lefferts Boulevard station and take the AirTrain one stop to Federal Circle, then take a free shuttle from the port authority.
Another option for commuters is to take the Q3 bus from Lefferts Boulevard station and go to the service road.
To accommodate expanding bus route service changes and more commuters, the MTA will add additional buses to the Q3 bus route during weekdays and weekends when the project begins.
“Once this project is complete, and it’s a bit of a long-term project, we will return all buses to their original route, and a transport hub will be developed in the central area of the terminal providing space stops for everyone. buses,” Kroll said.
The bus stop will return to the central area of the terminal in 2026.
The MTA conducted an extensive awareness campaign in Brooklyn and Queens, which will be most affected by the bus route changes, Antoine said. Customers can expect to see signs on buses, bus stops, and the MTA website.