Hochul seeks “alternatives” to LaGuardia AirTrain
A rendering of the proposed LaGuardia AirTrain.
Courtesy of the Governor’s Office
Governor Kathy Hochul said on Monday she wanted the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to consider alternatives to the $ 2.1 billion LaGuardia AirTrain project – casting further doubt on the future of the project. pet pushed by its disgraced predecessor Andrew Cuomo.
“New Yorkers deserve world-class transportation to world-class airports. I have asked the port authority to thoroughly examine alternative transit solutions to reduce car traffic and increase connectivity with LaGuardia Airport, ”Hochul said in an Oct. 4 statement. “We need to make sure our transportation plans are bold, visionary, and meet the needs of New Yorkers. I remain committed to working quickly to rebuild our infrastructure for the 21st century and to create jobs – not just at LaGuardia, but at all of our airports and transit hubs across New York City.
The announcement comes after Hochul said last week she would “review” plans to build a 2.3-mile elevated rail line between Queens Airport and Mets-Willets Point stations on Line 7 and the Long Island Rail Road.
The project got the nod from the Federal Aviation Administration in July, after Cuomo’s resignation in August, a growing list of local politicians and advocates called on Hochul to postpone or completely derail the costly people mover.
The project has drawn criticism for failing to offer a one-seat ride from the airport to Manhattan and for taking travelers to the island the wrong way before their transfer.
Other options that would have offered a one-seater ride, but were rejected in an environmental review, included extending the N / W metro line, building a better bus service, or launching ferry service.
Environmental and neighborhood advocates took their concerns to the United States Court of Appeals and sued the FAA and Port Authority last month for failing to consider other possible transit options.
Port Authority executive director Rick Cotton said last week that AirTrain was the best route to go as it did not pass through any residential area, but said officials would provide “any review Governor Hochul wishes. “.
The port authority did not immediately respond to a request for comment.