FAA approves plan to build a monorail connecting LGA to Manhattan

FAA approves plan to build a monorail connecting LGA to Manhattan

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has issued final approval for a project to build a monorail connecting trains from Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport. The FAA’s record of decision released Tuesday means the roughly $2 billion project overseen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey can pursue federal funding. The link would connect the airport to a train stop near Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, that is served by the Long Island Rail Road and the No. 7 subway line. Critics had opposed the plan, saying it would negatively impact the Queens neighborhoods it traverses and wouldn’t be appreciably faster than driving.

Photo: FILE – In this Friday Jan. 25, 2019, file photo is the air traffic control tower at LaGuardia Airport in New York. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued final approval for a project to build a monorail connecting trains from Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport. The FAA’s record of decision released Tuesday, July 20, 2021, means the roughly $2 billion project overseen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey can pursue federal funding. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)