Disgrace ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $2.1 billion “wrong-way” LaGuardia Airport AirTrain is officially “paused” after Gov. Kathy Hochul asked the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to find an alternative, the bi-state agency said on Tuesday.
“At Governor Hochul’s request, the Port Authority is undertaking a thorough review of potential alternative mass transit options to LaGuardia Airport,” according to an unsigned statement posted on the Port Authority. “During the review, the Port Authority will pause further action with respect to the LaGuardia AirTrain project.”
The agency 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 last week said she had told the Port Authority to “thoroughly examine alternative mass transit solutions for reducing car traffic and increasing connectivity to LaGuardia Airport” — effectively killing the controversial Cuomo pet project.
Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said last month that procurement was underway for the monorail, which was granted federal approval earlier this year despite concerns within the FAA that the proposal would be slower than driving or taking a cab.
Cuomo’s proposed route would force Manhattan-bound riders to first travel east — away from the island — before connecting to the subway or LIRR at Willets Point and then heading back west.
Opposition to the “wrong-way” scheme picked up steam in the aftermath of Cuomo’s Aug. 23 resignation — culminating with Hochul’s announcement last week.