The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has issued a request for proposals (RfPs) to conduct preliminary engineering and other planning works for an elevated LaGuardia Airport AirTrain connection. The scope of work includes preliminary engineering for the construction of up to two new AirTrain stations at the new airport terminal buildings, AirTrain station at Willets Point and right-of-way from the airport to Willets Point; a detailed ridership analysis; and an analysis of financing options including public-private partnerships (PPPs). The study results are expected within a year from the contract award date.
The journey time from LaGuardia will be six minutes to Willets Point and 30 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. Currently, driving from Manhattan to the airport takes 35 minutes to an hour.
The annual passenger traffic at LaGuardia is expected to increase by more than 6 million passengers by 2030. Currently, 86 per cent of passengers and over 60 per cent of employees travel to the airport by car. There is a high volume of single travellers to the airport and small parties (1.7 people per group) who travel light. The JFK AirTrain system serves over 21 million passengers annually, three times the ridership recorded 12 years ago in the initial year of service.