A set of new plans were recommended late Wednesday for a public transit connection between Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport, months after a $2 billion project to build an elevated rail link through Queens was put on hold.
On Wednesday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released more than a dozen options that include light rail, express buses, ferries and the extension of subway lines. The public will have a chance to view the plans and post comments at two workshops this month in Queens.
As it stands, LaGuardia opened more than 80 years ago and is considered the only major U.S. airport without direct rail service. The new options now include:
- Extending the N/W subway line from one of two locations in Queens, to run partly elevated and partly below grade;
- Light rail connecting the N/W and other subway lines to the airport;
- Dedicated bus lanes connecting existing subway lines to the airport;
- Ferry service making stops in lower Manhattan, midtown and the Upper East Side, augmented by shuttle buses.