August 5th, 2015, 06:12 PM
The NIMBYs in Astoria are quite vocal and politically active. Vallone is probably in line to be mayor one day and the community there is very active in city matters. They have a lot of local power
Originally Posted by BStyles
August 5th, 2015, 06:27 PM
The MTA is a state agency. If Cuomo wanted to, he could push it through. In the end Astoria has only one of everything (City Councilcritter, Assemblycritter, State Senator, etc.). They can only generate som much political torque. If it were just the mayor, maybe not.
August 6th, 2015, 08:12 AM
By the way, there is possibly a fatal flaw in the GCP subway extension idea, the elevated station/tracks at 82nd street would be right in the middle of the northbound airplane landing approach
August 6th, 2015, 09:04 AM
Last edited by TREPYE; August 6th, 2015 at 09:33 AM.
August 6th, 2015, 09:57 AM
August 6th, 2015, 05:47 PM
there is one big positive aspect to building the airtrain from lga to willets pt. instead of the astoria subway stub - the next segment can eventually connect it to the jfk airtain. then not only do we have connections between the two airports, we have a quasi-triboro rx.
August 7th, 2015, 05:56 AM
NYC Aficionado from Oz
Suggestion for Mods:
Perhaps merge the Modernizing at LaGuardia: $1 billion makeover thread with this one?
August 7th, 2015, 09:18 AM
August 7th, 2015, 04:07 PM
That is also another valid point. The LIRR connects directly (or at least it will) with Midtown, as well as with 7 train service, and eventual Broadway service. Connecting it at Astoria Boulevard doesn't give many transit incentives. Also, thanks to the pic above, it doesn't interfere with any of the runway approaches. This has win written all over it, and it brings tourists directly to a new retail neighborhood, and Citi Field.
August 9th, 2015, 03:12 AM
NYC Aficionado from Oz
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing when I posted that.
Originally Posted by EastMillinocket
August 9th, 2015, 04:30 PM
Have you been there recently? They are tearing down lots of buildings, and building a new parking garage exactly where the terminal is now supposed to go. It's a giant construction site. I would be curious as to how much has been sunk into the old "plan" which would be obsolete if the new "plan" were to be implemented.
May 7th, 2016, 12:16 AM
May 4, 2016
Port Authority responds to your LaGuardia ideas
By Anne Michaud and Amanda Fiscina
A rendering of a view of the future LaGuardia Airport. The Queens airport's footprint would be moved 600 feet closer to the Grand Central Parkway, creating more space for aircraft taxiways and reducing the gate delays for which the facility is now famous. Ferry and rail service will also be built. Photo Credit: NY Governor's Office
Dozens of readers accepted our invitation to name the one change that would fix the dreadful experience known as LaGuardia Airport. Here are your top questions, along with answers from the Port Authority aviation team planning the airport's $4 billion overhaul who met with the editorial board Tuesday.
Readers: We need a smoother flow of traffic. You can't read signs while doing 90-degree turns in heavy traffic.
Port Authority: Signage is the subject of two meetings a week. It’s one of our biggest challenges. We are limited because the signs can’t appear too early on the Grand Central Parkway, according to Parks Commission rules. Signage will be critical, especially during construction. When we’re done, we hope that the terminals will be more logically laid out. Even beyond signage, there are millions budgeted for improved traffic management.
Readers: Give us a water taxi, subway and LIRR connections.
Port Authority: AirTrain service is looking very positive, but it will depend on the cost and potential ridership. We’re studying those now. The AirTrain would stop at the terminals and connect near CitiField to the No. 7 subway line and the LIRR. We’re also looking into a marine terminal for ferry service, but there may be an issue with the wakes. We’re looking at that, as well.
Readers: Drop-off and pick-up is a nightmare! Will there be any effort to ease congestion and facilitate the movement of vehicles?
Port Authority: It’s going to be much better. We’re creating three levels to replace the single level everyone uses now for arrivals and departures. One level will be dedicated to arrivals, and one to departures. The lowest level will serve high-occupancy vehicles like shuttle buses.
Readers: Will you accommodate ride-sharing like Uber?
Port Authority: There’s already a lot near the marine terminal that Uber drivers can use. It opened last summer. The lot has geofencing technology, so only the drivers in the lot are pinged. The new plan will provide for this, too.
Readers: Re-lay out security for more inspection stations and more room to move off the belt and get reorganized. Also better connectivity (moving walkways, a small internal shuttle) between terminals.
Port Authority: Security will double from the current 30,000 square feet in four screening areas to 60,000 square feet in one central area. There will be moving walkways.
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