NEW YORK — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey selected a multinational engineering and design firm to conduct preliminary engineering and other planning work for a new AirTrain connection to LaGuardia Airport.
Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. will take a major step forward in advancing the LaGuardia AirTrain project – which will create a much-needed rail link to the airport, officials say. LaGuardia is currently the only major East Coast airport without rail access.
By 2030, the number of passengers at LaGuardia is expected to increase by more than 6 million annually and the AirTrain is essential to accommodate that growth. Parsons Brinckerhoff will lead the preliminary planning work for three different components of the project, including construction of up to two new AirTrain stations at the new terminal buildings at the airport, construction of an AirTrain station at Willets Point and construction related to the “right-of-way” for the train from the airport to Willets Point.
“The new AirTrain will improve passenger experience, reduce traffic congestion and serve as a key part of the modernization and transformation of LaGuardia into a world-class airport,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release. “LaGuardia Airport is an essential part of New York’s economy and transportation network, and by providing additional transit options we will support new economic opportunities and growth throughout the region.”