You are reading

State Sen. Jessica Ramos and Community Groups to Hold Town Hall Tonight on LaGuardia AirTrain

AirTrain LGA model (A New LGA)

April 6, 2021 By Christina Santucci

State Senator Jessica Ramos and several Queens community organizations are holding a town hall meeting this evening – to discuss the $2 billion LaGuardia AirTrain plan.

The event  is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at the World’s Fair Marina Restaurant, located at 1 Marina Road in Corona. Those interested in attending can also join via Zoom (ID number: 837 7037 4198, passcode: 458841).

Ramos and the community groups oppose the project, which would link the airport with the subway and Long Island Rail Road. The 1.5-mile rail line would have a station at Willets Point – where the No. 7 train and the Port Washington branch of the LIRR are located – and two stations inside LaGuardia Airport.

During a public comment period last year, Ramos submitted her criticisms of the plan to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “As State Senator for the district of the proposed AirTrain construction, I am voicing my strong opposition against the project which will not help, but harm my community especially during a pandemic,” she wrote in October.

Proposed AirTrain route

Opponents have said they are concerned about the environmental impact of the plan and potential noise pollution resulting from construction and operation of the LGA AirTrain. Critics have also argued that the No. 7 train is already overcrowded and adding airport travelers to the line would make it worse.

Ramos urged the FAA in her comments to explore alternatives “such as expanding bus access and the possibility of an extension to the N and W subway lines.” The N/W line currently ends in Astoria.

But the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates LaGuardia Airport, has touted the project as the best way to make travel time between LaGuardia and Manhattan more reliable — and would make the trip a 30-minute commute from midtown.

The plan passed a major milestone earlier last month when the FAA published its final environmental impact statement (EIS).

The FAA is expected to issue its Record of Decision – which will explain its final decision on the plan – later this spring. If given a green light, construction could begin in June 2021 and finish in December 2025, according to the final EIS.

Tonight’s town hall meeting is being sponsored by Ramos, the Ditmars Blvd. Block Association, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Sensible Way to LGA Group Coalition.

Registration is not required for the event, and masks will and social distancing measures will be required for those who attend in person.

Organizers said if the restaurant reaches the maximum in-person capacity, attendees may be asked to sit upstairs or in an outside area, and speakers would be set up to allow them to participate.


email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 
Bruce Lobine

Why can’t the Air Train head west from La Guardia, and connect to all lines of the LIRR at Woodside, as well as to the 7 train?

James Matsis

I agree with extending the N/W line. In its current form, this is a bad idea.

Damyanti Radheshwar

Why the circuitous route when you can go from Astoria? These projects don’t get done again and again, do the right thing! Planning must be smart!!


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

Raga sworn in as first-ever Filipino American elected to the state Legislature

More than 300 community members attended the historic inauguration of Assemblyman Steven Raga as the first Filipino American elected to office in New York state.

Many who attended the swearing-in event at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park wore traditional and cultural attire to the event at the building that once housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations from 1946 to 1950 until its current home in Manhattan became available for the world body.

These Queens eateries are participating in the upcoming NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is underway, so nix that skillet and bring family and friends to your favorite neighborhood spot, or get inspired and break bread somewhere new and different. During this special citywide culinary event, food-lovers will enjoy curated menus and prix-fixe prices that are easy on the wallet.

Bookings began on Jan. 17 and are available until Feb. 12, and you can reserve a table at 30 participating Queens restaurants, along with hundreds more across the five boroughs.

Man dies in East Elmhurst house fire that left 10 others injured: FDNY

A man was killed in a fire that broke out inside an East Elmhurst home that also left 10 others injured late Friday night, according to the FDNY.

The FDNY received a call regarding the two-alarm fire that broke out just after 11 p.m. in a three-story residential home at 24-37 89th St. on Friday, Jan. 20. FDNY sent 25 units consisting of 106 firefighters and EMS workers to the scene. Additionally, officers from the 115th Precinct responded to the scene.