The former Gov. was humiliated. Andrew Cuomo’s $ 2.1 billion “wrong way” LaGuardia Airport AirTrain was officially “paused” after Governor Kathy Hochul asked the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to look for an alternative, the bi-state agency said Tuesday.
“At the request of Governor Hochul, the Port Authority is conducting a thorough review of potential alternative mass transit options at LaGuardia Airport,” according to an unsigned statement posted to the Port Authority. “During the review, the Port Authority will stop further action regarding the LaGuardia AirTrain project.”
The agency pledged to “work in close consultation with independent experts and stakeholders, and complete its work as quickly as possible, in line with the need for the review to be thorough and rigorous.”
Hochul said last week that he told the Port Authority to “thoroughly review alternative mass transit solutions for reducing car traffic and increasing connectivity at LaGuardia Airport” – which effectively killed off the controversial pet project by Cuomo.
Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said last month that acquisition is underway for the monorail, which has been given federal approval 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 riders to first travel east – away from the island – before connecting with the subway or LIRR at Willets Point and then returning west.
Opposition to the “wrong way” scheme took the steam following Cuomo’s resignation on Aug. 23 – ending Hochul’s announcement last week.