Hochul pulls plug on Cuomo’s $2.1B ‘wrong-way’ AirTrain


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The project was calculated to cost $350,000 per rider.

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Governor Kathy Hochul has told the Port Authority New York And to find an alternative to New Jersey’s humiliated ex-Government Andrew CuomoLaGuardia Airport and East . The $2.1 Billion “AirTrain” Pet Project Between queens.

“I have asked the Port Authority to thoroughly examine alternative mass transit solutions to reduce car traffic and increase connectivity to LaGuardia Airport,” Hochul said in a statement on Monday afternoon. Convention against boon.


“We must make sure that our transportation projects are bold, visionary and meet the needs of New Yorkers,” Hochul said. “I am committed to working fast rebuild our infrastructure To create more jobs for the 21st century – not only in LaGuardia, but in all our airports and transit hubs throughout New York.”

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“I am not obliged to accept what I have inherited,” Hochul told a news conference in Brooklyn on Monday. “There were options on the table that the FAA even said were saying people weren’t watching as closely as they should.”

AirTrain was a top priority of Cuomo, which pushed the project forward despite opposition from some transit advocates and even officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority, the bi-state agency that oversees regional airports, and created it. and will be operated. .

Critics including representatives. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) questioned the logic of the route, which would require Manhattan-bound riders to first travel farther east from the island—before connecting to the subway at Willetts Point and then back west. He said getting a cab or bus to Midtown is faster and the cost doesn’t justify the number of riders who will use it.

In the past week alone, AirTrain raised new skeptics and detractors, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and two of the city’s most powerful state senators, Leroy Comrie and Mike Gianaris.

Hochul previously said it was in talks with Port Authority executive director Rick Cotton about the future of the project.

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The project and its suspected route will attract just 6,000 new daily transit riders, government watchdog Reinvent Albany and former city DOT official John Orcutt found in a report released last month.

The report says this equates to $350,000 per rider—the most expensive project per-rider in history.

State Sen. Jessica Ramos, whose district comprises part of the proposed project, called Hochul’s decision to explore alternatives a “great movement in the right direction”.

“The next step is to define more clearly what this means in practice,” Ramos tweeted. “The spirit of a review is appreciated. What my community and our coalition partners are demanding is a halt.”

A local elected continues to support Cuomo’s “wrong way” proposal—longtime Assembly member Jeffrian Aubry, who rebuked his allies against the project.

“By doing nothing by blocking the LaGuardia AirTrain, as some of my colleagues in elected office want now, it means that we will have more and more cars on the roads and in and out of our community for generations to come. There will be no chance of success.” Aubry said in a statement.

A spokesman for the Port Authority, defending the project, cited Cotton’s comments last Thursday.

“The project has been subjected to a detailed and independent review by the Federal Aviation Administration. It has approved the project and has specifically analyzed all options,” Cotton said. “We have been as responsive to the concerns of the community as possible. This has been a key element in the path of AirTrain.”

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