Plans unveiled for Manhattan-LaGuardia Airport connection
NEW YORK (AP) — More plans have been unveiled for a public transit connection between Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport, months after the suspension of a $2 billion project to build an elevated rail link at through Queens.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday released more than a dozen options, including light rail, express buses, ferries and expanded subway lines. The public will have the chance to view the plans and post comments at two workshops this month in Queens.
The Federal Aviation Administration had approved the elevated rail project, championed by former Governor Andrew Cuomo, and preliminary construction was due to begin last year. But Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul suspended the plan in October after criticism from officials and legal action from local and environmental groups.
Critics claimed the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) rail link, stretching from a subway stop and Long Island Rail Road that serves the New York Mets’ Citi Field, would have a negative impact on the neighborhoods traversed and would not be noticeably faster than driving. from Manhattan, taking train changes into account. The lawsuit claimed that the FAA failed to properly evaluate the other options.
These options now include the old elevated railway line as well as:
—Extending the North West subway line from one of the two Queens locations, so that it runs partly above ground and partly below grade;
—light rail connecting the N/W and other metro lines to the airport;
— lanes reserved for buses connecting the existing metro lines to the airport;
– a ferry service making stops in lower Manhattan, downtown and the Upper East Side, supplemented by shuttles.
LaGuardia opened over 80 years ago and is considered the only major US airport without direct rail service.