The start of construction for the new LaGuardia Airport missed the current status of the accompanying train-to-the-plane project. Original project sponsor Governor Andrew Cuomo and supporters continue to be overly optimistic.
Success is dependent upon the Port Authority (PA) and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) working well together. Fifteen years after 9/11, the Cortland Street World Trade Center subway station is still several years away from being back in service.
The PA and MTA fought for years over budget, funding sources, scope and schedule. Construction for the MTA portion of the project just started only months ago.
Eighteen months have passed since Cuomo announced this project with no known progress to date. To build a train from the Willets Point subway stop to LaGuardia Airport within five years for $450 million as promised by Cuomo is a planner's dream.
In reality, it will be a nightmare for both taxpayers and riders.