JFK Airtrain launches Ten Trip card


On my travels yesterday I discovered that the MTA has launched a new ten-trip Airtrain card.  Previously, one had to pay $5 every time the Airtrain station was transited. 

The new 10-trip card costs $25 thus providing a 50% discount per transit.  This is great for people who travel to and from JFK regularly.  The card I bought yesterday is good until July 2011 so there doesn't appear to be a "short" window for usability either.

Now if only the people at NJ Transit would do the same for EWR...

ETA: It appears this has been around for a while though not very commonly known.   So, I stand corrected on it being new, but it is still a neat thing for those who don't know about it.


Mike March 5, 2010 at 05:11 pm

Gee - you've got to start reading my blog. ;) See bk3day's comment at the bottom:

Fozz March 5, 2010 at 05:23 pm

I read your post, just missed the comment. I swear, this was the first time I've ever seen the ten-trip mentioned and I know I'm gone through there a few times since.

Mike March 5, 2010 at 05:26 pm

I didn't know about it either until it was mentioned by bk3day. The funny thing is I asked one of the "helpers" at the JFK airtrain about it and he pushed the screen so fast, I didn't get to see what choices he pushed for the pass. Anyway, I've got one and it definitely saves money.

bk3day March 5, 2010 at 05:42 pm

Thanks for the props Mike! ;o)

I found out about them last year, by accident, when I was checking on some other info at the mta.info site.

I'm now on my 2nd one and happy the MTA left this in place instead given the way they are raising fares & cutting services.

Rob March 5, 2010 at 05:54 pm

See http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-cost-tickets.html for more info.

Troy March 9, 2010 at 09:48 am

This has been an option for years, basically as long as I can remember.

Fozz March 9, 2010 at 09:56 am

@Troy: I'm pretty sure this hasn't existed all along and I definitely missed the original memo. We never brought it up in our podcast on getting in/out of JFK and I've never seen it advertised until this last trip.

Maybe the MTA is just letting people be more aware of the option now.