Case study of the JFK airport airtrain

All authors:
Brecher, C., Nobbe, P.
Host organisation:
Country: United States of America
Publication year: 2010
Published in:
Special session, 12th WCTR Conference, 11-15 July, Lisbon, Portugal
Research theme: Policy and Planning
mega transport projects, project planning, case study
Conference proceedings
This case study on the light rail system at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, short: AirTrain JFK, is one of a series prepared for the Omega Centre_s study of urban transportation “megaprojects.” These are defined as projects costing more than one billion dollars, and the case studies involve projects completed in the early part of the 2000-2010 decade. The case study addresses three questions: 1. How well did the project meet its initial objectives, and how, if at all, did those objectives change over time? 2. How well did the project address and respond to current normative concerns with sustainable development? 3. How well did the project decision making address the challenges of uncertainty and complexity confronting sponsors of megaprojects? The remainder of this paper is organized into three sections that deal with these three questions and a final section that presents the authors_ suggestions for lessons learned for future mega-project decision making.
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