Governor Kathy Hochul has told the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to look for alternatives to the former Governor-General. Andrew Cuomo’s $ 2.1 billion “AirTrain” pet project between LaGuardia Airport and east Queens.
“I have asked the Port Authority to carefully consider alternative routes in order to reduce traffic congestion and increase connectivity at LaGuardia Airport,” Hochul said in a statement Monday afternoon – hours before the election.
“We need to make sure our transportation projects are bold, responsive, and meet the needs of New Yorkers,” Hochul said. “I remain committed to speeding up the construction of our 28th-century facilities and creating jobs – not only in LaGuardia, but at all the airport in New York.”
AirTrain was highly valued by Cuomo, who pushed for the program despite opposition from transport officials and even officials at the Port Authority, a bi-state agency that oversees regional airports and would have built and operated them.
Critics include the US Ambassador. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) questioned the idea of the route, which would require Manhattan passengers to head east – away from the island – before connecting with the subway at Willets Point and heading back west. . He said it would be quick to take a minibus or bus to Midtown and the price would not justify the number of drivers who would use it.
Just last week, the AirTrain recruited new recruits and critics including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and two other powerful state senators, Leroy Comrie and Mike Gianaris.
Hochul once said he was in talks with Port Authority director Rick Cotton about the future of the project.
The project and its unquestionable approach are likely to attract as many as 6,000 new pilots, state governor Reinvent Albany and former DOT mayor Jon Orcutt received a report released last month.
The result is a $ 303 billion rider, said the report – the most expensive rider on record.