Disgrace ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $2.1 billion “wrong-way” LaGuardia Airport AirTrain is formally “paused” after Gov. Kathy Hochul requested the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to discover an alternate, the bi-state company mentioned on Tuesday.
“At Governor Hochul’s request, the Port Authority is undertaking a thorough review of potential alternative mass transit options to LaGuardia Airport,” in accordance to an unsigned assertion posted on the Port Authority. “During the review, the Port Authority will pause further action with respect to the LaGuardia AirTrain project.”
The company promised to “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.”
Hochul final week mentioned she had advised the Port Authority to “thoroughly examine alternative mass transit solutions for reducing car traffic and increasing connectivity to LaGuardia Airport” — successfully killing the controversial Cuomo pet mission.
Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton mentioned final month that procurement was underway for the monorail, which was granted federal approval earlier this 12 months regardless of issues inside the FAA that the proposal can be slower than driving or taking a cab.
Cuomo’s proposed route would drive Manhattan-bound riders to first journey east — away from the island — earlier than connecting to the subway or LIRR at Willets Point after which heading again west.
Opposition to the “wrong-way” scheme picked up steam within the aftermath of Cuomo’s Aug. 23 resignation — culminating with Hochul’s announcement final week.