LaGuardia Airport Construction Causing Massive Gridlock and Delays

By Paul Riegler on 24 August 2016
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View taking off from LaGuardia Airport

View taking off from LaGuardia Airport

Travelers flying in and out of LaGuardia Airport in New York City are facing mounting delays as the construction project that is intended to replace the aged terminals, which Vice President Joe Biden once likened to a “third-world country,” gets underway.

The delays are unsurprising given that the city is building a new airport while tearing down the old one at the same time. Traffic has become so bad at times that travelers have been seen abandoning their cabs on highways leading to the airport and walking to the terminal in order to catch their flights.

The plan for the new airport, championed by New York Governor Cuomo, will replace LaGuardia’s somewhat disconnected Central Terminal, also known as Terminal B, which opened in 1964, with a single main terminal when completed. The old terminal will be demolished and the new terminal is being constructed closer to the Grand Central Parkway on ground that formerly held parking facilities. The new main terminal will feature a centralized arrivals area and departures hall and be linked to Terminals C and D.

To ease the congestion, airport officials have designated Lot P7 as an alternate pick-up area for passengers arriving at Terminal B, the Central Terminal. Drivers meeting passengers can wait there at no charge. In addition, Lot P10, Terminal B’s parking lot is free for the first two hours so it can serve as a cellphone lot.

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