"Scoping new airtrain route" (Photo - December 10th edition) was little more than a great photo op for Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Assemblyman Jeffrion Jeffrion Aubry.
Project sponsor Governor Andrew Cuomo and supporters continue to be overly optimistic concerning building a “train to the plane” for LaGuardia Airport. Success for this project is dependent upon the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Metropolitan Transportation Authority working well together.
Fourteen years after 9/11, the Cortland Street World Trade Center #1 subway station is still several years from being back in service. If there are no new delays, perhaps the station will reopen by December 2017.
The two agencies fought for years over budget, funding sources, scope and schedule. Construction of the MTA portion of the project just started only months ago.
To build a train to the plane from the #7 subway and Long Island Rail Road station to LaGuardia Airport within five years for $450 million as promised by Cuomo is a planner's dream.
In reality, it will be a nightmare for both taxpayers and riders. You can count on cost overruns in the hundreds of millions and multi-year delays in construction. Perhaps the newspaper can a run a contest: readers can guess the future opening service day date. I'll take April 1, 2025.