Train wreck
Sep 27, 2016 | 10470 views | 0 0 comments | 463 463 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

"Port Authority updates Borough Board on LGA progress" (Patrick Kearns, September 21) missed the current status of the accompanying “train to the plane project.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to be overly optimistic concerning building a train to LaGuardia Airport.

The estimated $450 million cost for construction of a LaGuardia AirTrain is just a concept based upon a planning feasibility study. Twenty-one months have passed since Cuomo announced this project with little progress to date.

There are no environmental documents or any preliminary design and engineering efforts necessary to validate any actual construction costs.

Cuomo in 2014 promised that the LaGuardia Airtrain would be up and running within five years. Now he has said this will occur by 2021.

To build a train from the 7 train and LIRR station in Willets Point to LaGuardia Airport within five years for $450 million is a planner's dream. In reality it will be a nightmare for both taxpayers and riders.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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