Queens elected officials, Hochul call for alternatives to LaGuardia AirTrain

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Elected officials and advocate groups gathered in Corona on Monday, Oct. 4 to call on Gov. Kathy Hochul to halt the LaGuardia AirTrain Project. 

The $2.1 billion project, a light rail system will be constructed to connect the airport to the Willets Point transportation hub near Citi Field, was proposed by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But the project has been criticized by many Queens residents and local leaders, citing health and environmental impacts as well as a questionable approval process.

Supporters of the AirTrain say the project would create a fast route of 30 minutes or less between Manhattan and LaGuardia along the 7 train. 

State Senator Jessica Ramos said East Elmhurst has been hit incredibly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida. She argued that the last thing residents need is an AirTrain in their community. 

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