LaGuardia Air Train

The Federal Transit Man: Brother, Can You Spare $2.1 Billion?

The Federal Aviation Administration posted the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed LaGuardia Airport AirTrain on Aug. 21. At the end of the day, this may be a fruitless exercise, along with a waste of money and time. The same could be true with the upcoming 45-day public comment period for the DEIS that started on August 21 and ends on Oct. 5, 2020, The FAA may not complete the NEPA process by issuing an environmental NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) finding until 2021. There is no guarantee that this project will advance beyond completion of the NEPA process.

Fact-Checking Cuomo’s LaGuardia Air Train

Opponents of the LaGuardia Air Train looking for alternatives have many reasons to be concerned about its future impacts. To build a train to the plane within five years for $2 billion is a planner’s dream. It will be a nightmare for taxpayers and riders. Count on cost overruns approaching $1 billion, and multi-year construction delays reaching beneficial use. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and its consultants, along with labor unions and construction contractors who would benefit by this project, refuse to acknowledge this reality. As well, Cuomo and PANY&NJ Executive Director Rick Cotton promise a 30-minute or less connection from LaGuardia Air Port to Midtown Manhattan. This is a myth.