Subway To LGA Plan Regains Steam After AirTrain Flop

The New York Daily News reports:

The push for an AirTrain to LaGuardia might be dead — but talk of a new subway line to the airport from Astoria is gaining steam. Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), whose political base is Astoria, backs extending the N/W train to LaGuardia by building new subway tracks above the Grand Central Parkway — which would give travelers a straight ride from Manhattan to the airport.

A new overhead track that bends east from a point between the 30th Ave. and Astoria Blvd. N/W stations and then runs along the Grand Central would not require disrupting swaths of the surrounding neighborhood, Gianaris says. The subway extension could take years to plan, review and build. But funding it may be easier since the FAA earlier this year changed regulations that only allowed airport passenger facility charges to fund rail links that do not also serve communities.

Read the full article. As you’ll see at the link, the project would face different complications such as the height of a trestle that currently carries Amtrak trains bound for Boston.