(March 13, 2023 at 2:45pm)

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. stated the following in response to Governor Hochul’s decision to withdraw plans to construct an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport after an independent review of the proposal.

“Governor Hochul and the Port Authority are correct in their move to scrap the LaGuardia AirTrain once and for all. It has been clear that the proposed line was both fiscally dubious and insufficiently beneficial to the communities surrounding the airport, which are in serious need of more pressing infrastructure improvements,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “However, there are several other solutions in terms of connecting our city to its newly reimagined airport that are far more practical and worthy of being explored.

“In light of this decision, I renew my previous call on our government partners to conduct a more detailed, thorough study on establishing ferry service to LaGuardia while also exploring the establishment of a Bus Rapid Transit system between the Jackson Heights transportation hub and the airport, as well as the potential extension of the N/W subway line. In the short term, I look forward to discussions with the MTA and the Port Authority on improving the frequency of service along the Q70 bus line and the proposed shuttle service from Astoria to LaGuardia, respectively.”

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