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Thu Feb 6, 2014, 08:59 AM

Revisiting an N train extension to Laguardia

from the 2nd Ave. Sagas blog:

Revisiting an N train extension to Laguardia
By Benjamin Kabak

With the news that the Port Authority will spend at least $1.5 billion to send PATH trains to Newark Airport, the most rail-accessible airport in New York, I started thinking about Laguardia again. It is frustrating close and seemingly so far away. For anyone taking transit to the airport, the trip involves a circuitous subway-and-bus combination, and itís been over a decade since anyone has mentioned a direct rail connection, monorail or subway, to the terminal geographically closest to Manhattan. They why of it involves a typical tale of New York NIMBYs and frustrating political processes.

The Fiorello H. LaGuardia Airport in Queens is one of the nationís most infuriating urban airports. In Queens, itís tantalizingly close to the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn ó and of course, the subway ó but itís so far away because traffic congestion frequently creates trips to Queens that last an hour and 30 minutes from Midtownís West Side. The only public transit options that delivery riders directly to the terminals are a handful of local buses and a a new Q70 limited bus. On a good day, for example, the M60 ó recently denied Select Bus Service status ó goes from 125th St. and Lexington to the airport in a half an hour.

Over the last few decades, city officials have become quite intimate with the problems plaguing LaGuardia, and many have tried to fix it. The N train, whose northern terminus is less than three miles away from the LaGuardia terminals, is so tantalizing close to the airport and yet so far away. With the PATH extension back in the news, many are asking why we havenít focused more on improving access to Laguardia. It isnít for lack of trying as 16 years ago, city and MTA officials were heavily invested in a plan to extend the N to LaGuardia. In the face of other pressing transit needs, such as the Second Ave. Subway, and widespread community opposition, the agency eventually shelved this much needed link to LaGuardia.

So what then were the plans that engendered widespread community outrage and still cause politicians to chime in now and then, over a decade after the MTA discarded the idea? Letís hop in the Wayback Machine and explore some Giuliani Era transit developments. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://secondavenuesagas.com/2014/02/06/revisiting-an-n-train-extension-to-laguardia/

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Thu Feb 6, 2014, 09:33 AM

1. It is weird.

I always figured it has something to do with the political clout of the taxi cab companies.

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 6, 2014, 12:17 PM

2. taxi cab and car rental outfits and behind them is GM

taxi cab and car rental outfits and behind them is GM block direct mass transit to airports all across the country. LAx has subway stop 2 miles away. New light train also stops a few miles away.

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