LaGuardia AirTrain Proposal Permanently Tabled

In response to the findings of a 450-plus page report released Monday, March 13th, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) decided to shift directions from the previous proposal of constructing an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport, which recently completed a multi-billion dollar redevelopment that replaced former old facilities with two new state-of-the-art terminals. Initially conceived under the Cuomo administration as part of an effort to improve transit links to the Queens airport, the preference for a “one-seat ride,” which was only possible through a subway extension had been determined to be extremely risky along with a price tag that would likely reach $2.4 billion. In comparison, the recommended new plan that is estimated to cost $500 million focuses on improved bus services from the airport to nearby subway stations including “dramatic improvements to existing Q70 bus service” as well as the “creation of a second high-frequency bus line to serve the airport from the Ditmars Boulevard Station at the end of the subway system’s elevated Astoria line.”