Time to Bring LaGuardia in for a Landing
The LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building project has been delayed repeatedly, and Governor Cuomo’s insistence on playing the role of Master Builder is slowing things down again. The finalists in Cuomo’s design competition have agreed to multiple extensions in the decision process, and they’re tired of the wait, claiming that construction prices are going up in the meantime. The Port Authority now says that the bidding process is almost over, but at the same time it has asked the bidders to include designs for a broadened scope. Can this long-deferred project finally get off the ground?
The Facts You Need to Know
A Third-World Airport: Vice President Biden wasn’t wrong when he compared LaGuardia to an airport in a Third World country. LaGuardia’s 51-year-old main terminal wasn’t designed for today’s planes, and it can handle only 8 million passengers annually, not the 13 million it now serves. With traffic up 9 percent over the last decade, LaGuardia needs work now. Read more
AirTrain to LGA Slower Than the M60 Bus: In his State of the State speech, Governor Cuomo proposed a new AirTrain to LaGuardia—one that would take substantially more time to use than existing public-transit options. Read more
Most Frustrating Airport: LaGuardia ranks worst among 36 major North American airports on amenities, travel time from the central business district, time spent clearing security, and on a number of other metrics. Read more
The Past is Present
The system serves neither the airlines nor their air travelers. The cost of airline delays and congestion in our aviation system is a huge drag on the U.S. economy. The Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC) estimates that flight delays cost passengers, airlines and the U.S. economy about $40 billion each year. And much of the delay is caused by just a handful of very congested airports, including LaGuardia.
On The Calendar
The Alexander Hamilton Award was created by the Manhattan Institute to honor those individuals helping to foster the revitalization of our nation’s cities. This year, the winners are George Kelling, co-author of the Broken Windows Theory, and Eva Moskowitz, Founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools. Click to purchase tickets.
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