The LGA AirTrain Route Seems Unnecessarily Convoluted

Jun 26, 2018

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For a few years now, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pushed for a 30-minute commute to LaGuardia Airport (LGA), which is now coming in the form of the AirTrain. The planned route has been released following the approval of the implementation – but New York natives are noticing something a little strange.

The route shows that the train will take riders all the way to Willets Point Station, overshooting LaGuardia and causing travelers to have to backtrack in order to get to the airport. Now, people are wondering if the route is actually the most efficient way for the AirTrain to transport people to the airport.

Image courtesy of www.governor.ny.gov.
Image courtesy of www.governor.ny.gov.

The train will run every four minutes, but the under-30-minute commute time does not include the time waiting for the train to arrive, according to Yonah Freemark, a doctoral student in city planning at M.I.T. who runs a transportation website. He also said that the route has the potential to take longer than the existing express buses and, considering that the project will cost a cool $1.5 billion, that’s pretty underwhelming.

Gov. Cuomo seems to be attracted to the route, though, because it doesn’t interfere with private property.

Not everyone’s convinced. Twitter users have been echoing the sentiments that the train might not be as efficient as possible. One user, Brian Stelter, put it into perspective: How would most New Yorkers react if their cab driver took the AirTrain route to LGA?

Regardless, the AirTrain is supposed to begin construction in 2020 and is slated to open by 2022.

H/T: New York Times

Featured image by JasonDoiy / Getty Images.

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