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NYC Airport Guide: Should You Choose JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark?

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You’ve done the impossible: you nabbed cheap airfare to New York City. Now comes the hard part: You have to navigate your way from the airport to wherever you’re staying.

Anyone who has traveled through New York City has lived through the ordeal as well. And frequent fliers who pass through NYC tend to agree that the metropolis has one of the world’s strangest airport situations.

The airspace above New York is among the busiest in the world. However, on the ground, the city’s airport links are notoriously difficult for out-of-towners to conquer. There isn’t a simple train shuttle that will whisk you downtown. And LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark — the city’s three main airports — are all flung in opposite directions from central Manhattan.

On top of NYC’s undeniable chaotic energy, the journey from the airport can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. But it need not be. Whether you’re flying into JFK, Newark, or LaGuardia, here’s what to expect as you’re navigating your way from the airport to your New York City vacation.

Newark Liberty International Airport

Let’s just say that Newark isn’t exactly known as a culinary destination — except for the Global Bazaarthis link opens in a new tab in Terminal C. The much-needed food hall opened in 2018 with an Italian deli, sushi, ramen, and more reflecting the many international destinations it flies to.

While many airlines operate to and from Newarkthis link opens in a new tab, United claims the airport as one of its major hubs. The airline operates all flights in and out of Newark’s Terminal C.

Newark is fairly easy to access if you’re staying on the west side of Manhattan, but this option will be pricey or time-consuming if you’re traveling to and from Queens or Brooklyn.

How to get there: New Jersey Transitthis link opens in a new tab offers a fairly easy option for travelers to get between midtown Manhattan and Newark Airport. From Penn Station, jump on either the Northeast Corridor or North Jersey Coast lines. It will take about 30 minutes and $13 for this trip. Trains run 21 hours per day, stopping only from 2 a.m. to about 4:30 a.m.
The Newark Airport Expressthis link opens in a new tab shuttle service runs from midtown Manhattan to all terminals at Newark. Round-trip fare is $30 or $17 for one-way. With minimal traffic, the journey takes about 45 minutes.

Taxi cost: A taxi is likely to cost anywhere from $50 to $70this link opens in a new tab if you’re riding to Manhattan. Tack on more if you’re going to another borough.

An uberX ride to Midtown from the airportthis link opens in a new tab starts at $42 and an uberPOOL will start at $29.

LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia is a frequent option for domestic travelers. American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United, and Southwest all operate flights from the airportthis link opens in a new tab.
After years of being criticized for its subpar facilities, the airport is undergoing renovations. At the end of 2018, LaGuardia unveiled its newly remodeled Terminal B, although renovation of all the gates won’t be completed until 2020. By 2021, the airport should finish construction on Terminal C, which will be the home base for all Delta flights.

For those staying in Northern Brooklyn (Williamsburg or Greenpoint) or uptown and midtown Manhattan, LaGuardia is the closest option. You’ll be able to take a cab the eight miles to the airport in less than 30 minutes, depending on traffic and your location.

How to get there: LaGuardia is one of the most difficult airports to access if you’re using public transit, mainly because you will need to take a bus. The two most popular routes are the Q70 LaGuardia Linkthis link opens in a new tab and M60 SBSthis link opens in a new tab. If you’re riding the Q70, you’ll pick it up at a stop in Queens, accessible by the 7, E, F, M and R trains. The M60 SBS makes stops in uptown Manhattan and Queens. A bus trip will cost $2.75. We recommend loading an MTA MetroCard before attempting to catch the bus.

For easier access from midtown Manhattan, consider a ride on the NYC Airporterthis link opens in a new tab. The shuttle costs $16 one-way or $30 round-trip and will get you to central destinations like Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Taxi cost: If you’re headed to Manhattan from the airport, Port Authority predicts that you will spend anywhere between $25 and $40 to reach your destination (plus tip and tolls). However, as with most New York City journeys, traffic is the deciding factor in cost and if you’re traveling at rush hour, the meter will soar well above that price bracket.

An UberX from LaGuardiathis link opens in a new tab to midtown Manhattan will cost around $40, depending on traffic. If you’re going to northern Brooklyn, the price will drop to around $30.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

If your stay is based in lower Brooklyn (anywhere lower than Williamsburg) or eastern Queens, JFK will be your closest airport. New York’s most famous gateway is a preferred choice for many because of its lounges, shops and dining options.

JFK is also the home base for JetBlue. The airline has taken over Terminal 5 (or as they call it T5this link opens in a new tab) and decked it out in blue. The airport is currently in the midst of a $13 billion renovation, which will add two new international terminals by 2025this link opens in a new tab.

How to get there: JFK is one of the easiest options for those traveling to the airport via public transit. There are two options for navigating your way into the city.

The fastest is boarding the AirTrain (the airport’s terminal-to-terminal shuttle, $5 and payable by MetroCard) and connecting to the Long Island Rail Roadthis link opens in a new tab (LIRR) at Jamaica Station. Service runs to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn or Penn Station in Manhattan for $7.50.

The cheapest option is the AirTrain ($5) to the subway (only $2.75). At Jamaica, you’ll be able to board the E, J, and Z trains. Take the AirTrain to the Howard Beach stop to board the A train. Preload a MetroCard to ensure easy access. It takes about one hour and 15 minutes to reach downtown Manhattan via this route.

The NYC Airporter Shuttle Servicethis link opens in a new tab to JFK is available for $19 one-way or $35 roundtrip. It’s available to pick up at Grand Central or Port Authority.

Taxi cost: JFK is the only NYC airport that offers a flat-rate trip from anywhere in Manhattan. Passengers will always pay $52 per ride, not including tolls or tips.

Uber estimatesthis link opens in a new tab that a ride from JFK to Midtown will cost about $79. A ride into northern Brooklyn starts at about $55 for uberX.

Source: https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/new-york-city-airports

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Optimus Ride will roll out geofenced driverless taxis in New York City and California later this year

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Earlier this year, Optimus Ride, an autonomous technology startup based in Boston, partnered with Brookfield Properties to deploy three driverless cars in the Reston, Virginia mixed-use development of Halley Rise. Now, Optimus is setting its sights on Northern California and Brooklyn.

Optimus today announced that it’ll deploy a small fleet of self-driving cars on private roads in Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre modern industrial park housing over 400 manufacturing businesses, and ​within Paradise Valley Estates​, a private 80-acre assisted living community located in Fairfield, California.

At the Yard — starting in the second quarter of 2019, in what Optimus claims will be the first commercial driverless taxi deployment in the state of New York — cars will ferry riders from the New York City Ferry to Flushing Avenue, just beyond the park’s perimeter. And at Paradise Valley, they’ll provide visitors with self-driving tours of the grounds and allow residents to reserve rides between homes, to Paradise’s community and health center, and to on-property activities.

“We are excited to announce not one, but two self-driving vehicle deployments,” said Optimus Ride CEO and cofounder Dr. Ryan Chin. “Working with leading developments and communities like Paradise Valley Estates and the Brooklyn Navy Yard enable us to further our mission to transform mobility.”

Chin, who formerly led the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, said Optimus’ cars will be capable of level 4 autonomous driving, meaning they’ll operate with limited human input and oversight in specific conditions and locations (as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers). As previously announced, they’ll tap Nvidia’s Drive AGX Xavier platform, which Nvidia — an Optimus investor — claims is capable of delivering 30 trillion operations per second.

Optimus is an MIT spinout founded by a team of DARPA Urban Challenge competitors and other autonomous driving engineers, and it has flown mostly under the radar since October 2017, when its partnership with real estate developer LStar Ventures brought self-driving car service to the 1,550-acre Union Point neighborhood. Optimus became one of the first companies to secure a driverless vehicle permit from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in 2016, with tests of its 25-plus car fleet starting in Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park in the Seaport District. And it first piloted its software — a suite capable of mapping, controlling vehicles, coordinating vehicle fleets, detecting and avoiding objects, and more — on the campus of the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Optimus operates much like May Mobility, a startup that develops an autonomous vehicle stack and works with manufacturers to install it in low-speed, compact fleets, and French company Navya, which has sold 67 driverless shuttles in 16 countries. Like May and Navya, Optimus says it can integrate its white label autonomous system into “any vehicle type” — for now, lightweight cars that fit a handful of passengers — and it sees cities, public transit systems, and ride-sharing services as potential customers.

If all goes according to plan, it’ll join an exclusive club of companies that have deployed level 4 autonomous passenger cars and taxis. Baidu launched level 4 autonomous shuttle buses in more than 10 regions across China earlier this year, and Google spinoff Waymo has tested level 4 vehicles on passengers participating in its Early Rider Program in Chandler, Arizona. Startup Drive.ai, meanwhile, is operating fleets of level 4 cars in Arlington and Frisco, Texas.

In November 2017, Optimus announced an $18 million funding round led by Greycroft Partners, with participation from Emerson Collective, Fraser McCombs Capital, and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito. To date, it has raised $23.25 million.

Source: https://venturebeat.com/2019/03/19/googles-gradient-ventures-joins-58-million-investment-in-ar-startup-mojo-vision/

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Global Moto Taxi Service Market 2019-2023

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About this market
Moto taxis are a major part of the transportation network in many developing countries. Their demand is high in some of countries across Asia and Africa, where the population is on the rise and transportation options such as buses and light rail are insufficient and do not serve the last mile. Moto taxis are used for both short hauls and long hauls. In most countries, moto taxi drivers are work in densely populated areas, such as outside department stores, by the exit to train stations, and subway stations. Inadequate infrastructure such as poor condition of roads is a major concern in some developing countries such as India, Brazil, Mexico, and some parts of Africa and Asia. Moto taxi can be used as an alternative in such conditions to offer easy access to a destination while also improving on last mile connectivity. These benefits of moto taxis over other forms of transport are likely to fuel the market during the forecast period. Analysts have predicted that the moto taxi service market will register a CAGR of over 16% by 2023.

Market Overview
Increase in investments for moto taxi startups
This rise in funding from various companies is likely to boost the operations of moto tab services startups and expand its geographic presence. This will eventually contribute to the growth of the market during the forecast period.
Ban on moto taxi in various countries
Even though the moto taxi services market is booming in some parts of the world, moto taxis are banned and regarded illegal in some other countries. Hence, the ban on moto taxis will negatively affect the profitability of service providers, thereby affecting the market during the forecast period.
For the detailed list of factors that will drive and challenge the growth of the moto taxi service market during the 2019-2023, view our report.

Competitive Landscape
The market appears to be moderately fragmented and with the presence of several vendors. This market research report will help clients identify new growth opportunities and design unique growth strategies by providing a comprehensive analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and offering information on the products offered by companies.

Source: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05756627/Global-Moto-Taxi-Service-Market.html?utm_source=PRN

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Spring 2019: Dairy Queen, Rita’s and more offer freebies and deals to celebrate the season

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The first day of spring is Wednesday, March 20, and there are lots of freebies and deals to celebrate spring!

Dairy Queen is holding its annual free cone day to celebrate at participating stores nationwide. Each customer gets a free small cone of vanilla ice cream.

The fast food restaurant is also accepting donations on behalf of the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. For more than 30 years, the company has raised more than $130 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in local communities.

According to Dairy Queen, the free soft serve cones will be available while supplies last. The company said cones are limited to one per customer.

This is the fifth year DQ has offered this deal.

Rita’s is giving away a free Italian Ice. Just show up at your local store from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. to grab your free treat. Last year, Rita’s gave away nearly one million cups of Italian Ice over 9 hours.

If the warm weather has you thinking about getting outside and planting something, The Arbor Day Foundation has you covered. They partnered with Community Canopy and a number of power companies to give homeowners a free tree that you can plant to maximize your energy savings. All you have to do is enter your address, pick the variety you want and the online program will help you decide the right placement for the tree! You then decide if you want to pick up a 3-gallon potted tree or get a 1-gallon version mailed to you.

Source: https://abc7ny.com/society/free-ice-cream-and-other-deals-to-celebrate-spring/5205510/

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