the Federal Aviation Administration approved the Govt. Andrew Cuomothe proposal to build a Aerial train at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday, a project that angered public transit advocates and community groups.
The $ 2 billion elevated rail link will connect the Willets Point stop on train 7 and the Long Island Railroad at LaGuardia, which is currently being redeveloped at a cost of 8 billion dollars. Transit advocates have long called AirTrain’s LaGuardia AirTrain proposal “upside down” or “upside down” because they argue that the new transit option will not improve travel times at the airport for most travelers.
however, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive director Rick cotton argued that some sort of rail link to LaGuardia is better than nothing at all.
“We cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the excellent,” Cotton told Commercial Observer in January. “Right now, everyone who travels to and from LaGuardia needs to be on the road. The AirTrain will reduce congestion for people on Grand Central Parkway or other routes not interested in the airport. And it will reduce the environmental impacts and greenhouse gases created by congested roads. “
The FAA was slow to approve the project due to opposition from the Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who argued last year that the project divert federal funding if necessary from the surrounding neighborhoods of central Queens. Neighborhood groups, meanwhile, opposed the new train because the noise and construction disturbing neighbors in East Elmhurst and have a negative impact on the cleaning of Rinse bay.
“LaGuardia’s new airport – the first new airport in the United States in over 25 years and the gateway to New York – deserves a reliable, efficient and affordable transit connector worthy of its destination,” Cuomo said in a statement. “With the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval today of the LaGuardia AirTrain, that’s exactly what New Yorkers will get. It is the culmination of years of advocacy by this administration and a key moment in our efforts to rebuild New York’s infrastructure for the future.
State Senator Jessica ramos also rejected the project, tweet Tuesday afternoon that the AirTrain was “a huge slap in the face [by Cuomo] to residents of East Elmhurst. COVID has already taken its toll on our neighbors. The last thing we need is a multibillion dollar vanity project that will further affect the health and well-being of our communities. “
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