AirTrain connection to LaGuardia Airport announced

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USA: NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced plans to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport at his “2015 Opportunity Agenda” event – a six-point plan that outlines his vision to strengthen and modernize New York’s infrastructure.

Last year, the Governor launched a Master Plan Design Competition to reimagine LaGuardia and JFK, including improved rail or mass transit service and accessible parking, as well as incorporation of a people mover to allow for quick access between terminals.

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LaGuardia Airport is New York’s primary domestic air gateway, serving nearly 27 million passengers annually. According to the governor, for years travellers, businesses, and airport employees have called for improved accessibility to LaGuardia.

“In addition to modernising airport facilities, the State will also improve access by creating an Air-Train to LaGuardia that directly connects to the subway and Long Island Rail Road at Mets-Willets Point Station. The AirTrain will be constructed by the Port Authority and the MTA at an estimated cost of $450 million,” Cuomo announced.

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The Governor has formed a seven-member panel with expertise in business, planning and the local community, to advise him and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on the top airport redesigns. The panel is comprised of:

  • Dan Tishman, Chair – vice chairman at AECOM Technology Corporation and chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction Corporation;
  • Jacqueline Snyder – special advisor for infrastructure for New York State and the former head of the NYC Design Commission;
  • Amanda Burden – former New York City Planning commissioner and a current principal at Bloomberg Associates;
  • Tony Collins – president of Clarkson University, co-chair for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, president of the Seaway Private Equity Corporation and a member of NYSERDA’s Technology & Market Development Advisory Committee;
  • John Zuccotti – co-chairman of Brookfield Office Properties and chairman of the board of directors of Brookfield Financial Properties LLC;
  • Jose Gomez-Ibanez – the Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design;
  • Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

The State will also invest $750 million into the MTA capital plan to ensure that strategic investments are made into the system to improve passenger experiences through the purchase of 900 new subway cars and 1800 next generation buses; enhance the reliability and capacity of its signal system and passenger notification; continue with projects that improve and enhance service; and ensure the system is protected from future natural disasters.

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