Port Authority officially hits the brakes on LaGuardia AirTrain

Airtrain rendering
Photo credit Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The Port Authority has officially paused planning its controversial LaGuardia AirTrain project after Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered a review of alternatives, the agency announced Tuesday.

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“At Governor Hochul’s request, the Port Authority is undertaking a thorough review of potential alternative mass transit options to LaGuardia Airport,” the agency said.

“The agency will work in close consultation with independent experts and stakeholders, and will complete its work as expeditiously as possible, consistent with the need for the review to be thorough and rigorous. During the review, the Port Authority will pause further action with respect to the LaGuardia AirTrain project,” the agency went on.

Hochul last week instructed the agency to explore other potential transit options for the airport after a growing number of advocates and elected officials began questioning the exorbitant cost and roundabout route of the AirTrain project, which was championed by disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The AirTrain would connect travelers from LGA to ​​the 7 subway line and the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington branch at the Mets–Willets Point station complex.

Critics of the $2.1 billion proposal have derided the route as circuitous — forcing Manhattan-bound travelers to first head out east on a journey that would negligibly improve current travel times.