2018-06-27 / Features

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Advancing LaGuardia AirTrain

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed on June 25 legislation to advance the process to build a new AirTrain connection to LaGuardia Airport. The new law will allow multiple potential alignments identified by the local community to be considered during an upcoming environmental review of the proposed AirTrain LGA project, planned between the airport and the Long Island Rail Road station and the 7 subway train at Mets-Willets Point in Flushing.

The governor's action marks another critical step toward making a mass transit link between Midtown Manhattan and LaGuardia a reality, which will help reduce vehicular congestion and delays for passengers traveling to and from the airport. AirTrain LGA seeks to establish a reliable, convenient means of travel, with less-than-30-minute trips between the airport and a huge swath of Queens via the 7 subway line and New York Penn Station or Grand Central Terminal. It will also provide rail access from all of Long Island via the LIRR.

"The new LaGuardia Airport will provide an improved customer experience with better access to airlines and public transportation for all passengers—essential to the airport's transformation," Governor Cuomo said. "AirTrain LGA will set an example of comprehensive transit infrastructure for the rest of the nation, and will pay dividends for decades by connecting riders to transit hubs across the Metropolitan area, boosting passenger growth across all airlines, and providing a more efficient means of travel for generations to come."

In coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the steps include the selection of a consultant to prepare the EIS and to oversee the process for the proposed environmental review. The environmental review is slated to begin later this year and be completed by the end of 2019.

Construction is anticipated to start in 2020 and conclude in 2022.

Governor Cuomo praised NYS Senator Jose Peralta and Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry for their efforts in passing legislation to consider alternative routes that would lessen the potential impacts of AirTrain LGA on community residents, while supporting LaGuardia Airport's ongoing modernization.

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