LaGuardia AirTrain, Pet Project of Ousted Governor, Paused by Successor

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has instructed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to rethink the plan for the $2.1 billion LaGuardia AirTrain, a contentious plan championed by former Governor Andrew Cuomo.

October 13, 2021, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The resignation of Andrew Cuomo from his former position as governor of New York might have had a major effect on the future of a pet transportation project: the LaGuardia AirTrain.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted approval for the project in July 2021, doubts about the project's viability emerged immediately after Cuomo's resignation in August, and now, Gov. Kathy Hochul has pressed pause on the project entirely.

"The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey slammed the brakes on the controversial $2.1 billion LaGuardia AirTrain proposal to review alternatives at the request of Governor Kathy Hochul," reports Kevin Duggan.

Gov. Hochul has instructed the Port Authority to conduct a "thorough review" of alternative transit options for the airport—something transit advocates have been calling for since the proposed project was announced.

The project approved by the FAA in July will be paused in the meantime.

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