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$7 Billion Renovation Planned for NYC's JFK Airport

New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport is getting a makeover

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans for a $7 billion renovation of the facility, which served 60 million passengers in 2016.  

A big part of the project involves making the airport's various pieces better connected. Under the proposal, newer terminals would be expanded and older ones would be relocated so that all six terminals are linked up. Also, the 30 miles of roadways currently twisting throughout the campus would be reduced to a single, simplified ring road with direct access to the terminals and parking garages.

An additional $1.5 billion to $2 billion would be used toward making it easier to travel between the airport and the city. This would involve adding more lanes to the Van Wyck Expressway and increasing the frequency and capacity of the AirTrain—or, possibly, connecting that train with the subway so that passengers wouldn't have to transfer.  

The plan also includes improvements to the airport's dining and retail offerings, as well as expanded runways (allowing for more daily flights) and security upgrades incorporating facial-recognition technology.  

No timeline for the project has been announced.