We’ve covered The Differences Between the 3 New York City Area Airports (JFK, LGA, EWR), where currently both New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) have AirTrains, which connect the airports to trains/subways to allow for seamless access into midtown Manhattan. However, LaGuardia is another story, as public transportation means taking a bus which connects you to the subway.
LaGuardia to Midtown Manhattan in 26 Minutes with New AirTrain Plans
However, that’s all about to change with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to add an AirTrain to LaGuardia by 2022. It would allow for a 26 minute connection from LaGuardia to midtown Manhattan, however there are opponents against the $1.5 billion proposal.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is touting his proposal for an elevated AirTrain to New York City’s traffic-clogged La Guardia Airport as paving the way toward a 30-minute commute from midtown Manhattan by 2022. But the plan’s complicated route is being questioned by transportation experts and drawing some derision on social media.
Part of a larger effort to upgrade La Guardia, which then-Vice President Joseph Biden in 2014 famously compared to an airport “in a third-world country,” Cuomo is looking to break ground on the La Guardia AirTrain in the next two years, with the project expected to cost more than $1.5 billion.
“AirTrain LGA will set an example of comprehensive transit infrastructure for the rest of the nation, and will pay dividends for decades by connecting riders to transit hubs across the metropolitan area, boosting passenger growth across all airlines, and providing a more efficient means of travel,” Cuomo said in a statement, using the three-letter symbol for LaGuardia.
As someone who flies out of New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) and uses the AirTrain now, I think adding an AirTrain option at LaGuardia is the right decision to connect travelers via public transportation to the city, which could help alleviate traffic as well.
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