JFK Airtrain Only Sometimes on Google Maps

I’m taking a trip to New Jersey shortly,  landing at JFK and spending the evening in NYC first. I was very frustrated that Google Maps didn’t point me the right way on public transit. I figured out what the issue is…

If you type “JFK” into Google Maps, it doesn’t show the right starting point. You need to type “JFK Airport” in.

If you just type in “JFK”, it thinks you are starting in the middle of the airfield and it figures you don’t want to take the Airtrain but walk 1.4 miles amid the planes to the nearest MTA bus stop. This trip understandably takes a little longer, especially when you’re hauling your bags down the runway.

I wrote a note to Google Maps asking if they couldn’t fix this.

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