The Air Train; Photo: Newsday

New York finally gets its air train but it's not all it's cracked up to be: To take the Air Train, you need to take the subway, bus or LIRR to Jamaica or Howard Beach, and then you can take the Air Train to Kennedy. Ack. According to the brochure, taking the Air Train from Penn Station in Manhattan to Kennedy (E Train, then Air Train) will take you about 60 minutes and set you back $7 ($2 for the subway, $5 for the Air Train); from uptown Manhattan via the A (125th Street), it'll take you 85 minutes, from downtown Manhattan via the J (Canal Street), it'll take 75. But for $11.75, taking the LIRR from Penn Station and Air Training it to Kennedy only clocks in at 35 minutes. This will be the NYC microversion of wondering what's faster NY to Washington DC: Acela, plane or car.

The Port Authority calls it "your connection to the World" and there is a spiffy map showing you the loop of terminals it makes.