Governor Kathy Hochul had asked the New York and New Jersey port authorities to suspend the project and reviewer alternatives.
The brakes have officially been braked on the construction plan of an AirTrain of $ 2.1 billion to La Guardia airport.
The agency that operates the airport, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Tuesday afternoon it would "suspend all action" on the project, which had been heavily pushed by former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Mr. Cuomo's successor, Governor Kathy Hochul, called for a review of alternatives to the AirTrain plan, which has been the target of criticism from community groups and elected officials.
Among the complaints were that its remote route would deter passengers and hurt property values in the neighborhoods surrounding La Guardia in northern Queens .
Despite these objections, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the AirTrain plan at the end of July, thus paving the way for the port authority.
But three weeks ago, two Queens-based community groups and Riverkeeper, an environmental group, filed a lawsuit to stop the project, arguing that the FAA eliminated some alternatives without giving them proper consideration.
The groups also asked the F.A.A. Suspend its approval of the project. The F.A.A. gave the Port Authority until Tuesday to argue against the granting of a stay. The agency argued, in part, that the break for the exam requested by Ms Hochul made a suspension unnecessary.
"At the request of the Governor Hochul, Port Authority Undertakes Thorough Review of Transit Optionspotential alternatives to La Guardia airport, "the agency said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "The agency will work in close consultation with independent experts and stakeholders, and complete its work as expeditiously as possible, in accordance with the need for a thorough and rigorous review.
Michael Dulong, Senior Counsel at Riverkeeper, welcomed the review. "We are looking for the best public transport alternative for the region and the one that has the least impact on local communities and the environment," Dulong said.
Ms. The Hochul office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Calling last week for a review of "alternative transit solutions Which would reduce car traffic and increase access to the airport, Hochul said: "We need to make sure our transportation plans are bold, visionary, and meet the needs of New Yorkers.
Before Mr. Cuomo abruptly resigned this summer after a state report revealed he had sexually harassed several women, he had urged the Port Authority to develop a rail link to La Guardia.
The ongoing overhaul of the airport was one of the projects governor's favorites. While he was in power, few other elected officials publicly opposed the AirTrain plan, even though the estimated cost rose from $ 450 million to $ 2.1 billion in just a few years.
All of its funding was going to come from the Port Authority, which is jointly controlled by the governors of New York and New Jersey, and fees added to the tickets. 'airplane. on the AirTrain at the international airportonal Kennedy. The current fare is $ 7.75.
But once Mr. Cuomo lost power, some elected officials were emboldened to call for that the AirTrain plan either reconsidered, or abandoned altogether.
"From the start we had to deal with an outlier situation: a governor who did not want to work with anyone, who created a culture of fear, who rushed through projects whether good or bad, "Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters during a recent briefing at the hotel in city. "And now we have the chance to watch this thing in the light of day. ”
One of the most common criticisms of the project was its supposedly bad track. getting to Manhattan, arriving travelers should head further east, away from the airport, to a station near Citi Field before they can redoubleon the # 7 subway line or the Long Island Rail Road.
Critics have also said that escalating costs will make the project one of the most expensive rail lines in the world.
In its defense, Port Authority officials stressed that the line chosen along the Grand Central Parkway from Willets Point would be the least disruptive to residential areas. Alternatives, including an extension of the N metro line from Astoria, would require private ownership, they said.
With the extension from the metro, which would probably have to be built by the financially struggling metropolitan transport At thority, other alternatives include an express bus service, ferries or an AirTrain with a more direct route.