Travel Information to/from the Poughkeepsie Area.


The most important travel fact for the reunion is that the former Stewart Air Force Base in Newburg, N.Y., is now Stewart International Airport, a commercial airport. This airport is close and convenient to the reunion festivities.

If you are using a web site to shop for airplane reservations, then know that the standard abbreviation for Stewart is SWF.

Airlines flying into Stewart are:

Second choice of airport is either Newark Airport or Albany Airport, each of which is about an hour and a half from Fishkill. From Newark take the Garden State Parkway north to the New York Thruway. From Albany take the New York Thruway south. Exit at Newburgh.

Car Rental at Stewart.

Three car rental companies service Stewart:

Taxis are also available, but they may be expensive. I was quoted a price of $35 from Wappingers Falls to Stewart some years ago.


MetroNorth trains travel almost hourly (except during the wee hours) between Poughkeepsie and Grand Central Terminal on 42d Street in Manhattan. The round trip fare for a senior is $11.50 except during peak hours when it is almost double. Schedules can be found at

There is parking at both Poughkeepsie and Beacon, but the biggest and safest parking lot is at New Hamburg. Directions: go south 1.3 miles on Route 9D from the traffic light in the center of Wappingers Falls to the traffic light in Hughsonville; turn right at the sign to New Hamburg. Turn into the huge parking lot you will see on your left. Park. Be prepared to walk a half mile from your parking space to the train platform. Walk through the tunnel under the tracks to catch a southbound trail.

Parking is free on weekends. On weekdays you have to note the unique three digit number on each parking space. Remember this number and then walk to the train platform and key-in the number and stuff several dollar bills into a machine. Failure to do so will result in your being tracked down by your license plate and billed something like $10 in the mail a week later. The machines accept only $1, $5, and $10 bills.

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Bill Collier

Last updated 2 pm, July 18, 2002.