La Guardia AirTrain Plan Moves Forward, Circuitous Route and All

Not everyone thinks the governor’s expensive plan to improve access to the beleaguered airport will actually improve access.
July 11, 2018, 12pm PDT | Katharine Jose
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has proposed a number of enormous projects during his term, recently announced that  the state will pursue its previously proposed—and much-criticized—plan to build a train connection to LaGuardia Airport, which is currently served only by bus lines and taxis.

LaGuardia is consistently ranked among the world’s worst airports, with some of the world’s least convenient access points, but the proposed route means most “[r]iders first have to schlep past the airport, east to Citi Field — the home of the Mets — to catch the AirTrain and then backtrack.”

The AirTrain is only part of Cuomo’s plan for the airport, which also includes a multi-billion-dollar renovation.

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Published on Monday, June 25, 2018 in The New York Times
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