FAA approves LaGuardia AirTrain after years of opposition

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday approved the estimated $2.1 billion AirTrain project to connect LaGuardia with Midtown via rail despite opposition from Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and some community groups.

The proposed route from LaGuardia to Midtown connects the Delta Air Lines terminal to Willets Point, where passengers will be able to hop on the 7 train and the Long Island Rail Road to reach the city.

The AirTrain will create 3,000 construction jobs and generate $500 million in contracting opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses together with permanent operation and manufacturing jobs for local residents, according to projections by the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

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