Budget: $1 billion US dollars
Important: A proposed 1.5 mile-long (2.4 km) people mover system and elevated railway that would provide service to LaGuardia Airport in Queens. Construction expected to begin in 2019, and expected to open in 2023. The Port Authority has approved $55 million in spending to move the project into its second planning phase.
Developer: Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc.
About: “One of the more contentious transit proposals that’s come from Cuomo’s office in the past few years is the AirTrain connecting LaGuardia Airport to Midtown. As proposed, the AirTrain would connect to the 7 train at the end of the line in Flushing, with two stops at the airport.
But critics of the plan have noted that not only will it be costly, it may not save that much time for commuters compared to the already-existing bus lines—including Select Bus Service along the M60 and the Q70—that serve LaGuardia. And it won’t be cheap; it’ll reportedly cost the Port Authority (which operates NYC’s airports) as much as $1 billion to build and maintain over the next 10 years.
In any case, the whole thing is currently up in the air, but the state was seeking partners on the project earlier this year, and had solicited firms to conduct “preliminary engineering and other planning work”.