Midtown-based engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff has been contracted to design and develop plans to build a mass transit link connecting LaGuardia Airport to the Willets Point subway and Long Island Rail Road stations in Queens.
Governor Cuomo claims the $1.5 billion project, to feature AirTrain service similar to John F. Kennedy International Airport’s connection to Jamaica station, would create a 30-minute ride to the airport from Midtown, the New York Daily News reported.
The project is associated with plans to redevelop LaGuardia Airport in its entirety. The AirTrain’s specific connection to Willets Point has come under very reasonable criticism due to its dependency on the 7 subway line and Long Island Rail Road, as well as its inefficiency when compared with alternate routes and existing bus services, as highlighted by the Transport Politic.
Instead of Willets Point, a connection to existing subway lines closer to Manhattan, in Jackson Heights or Astoria, could result in faster and more streamlined travel.