Lawsuit seeks to block LaGuardia AirTrain

Community and environmental groups filed suit Monday to block the $2.1 billion LaGuardia AirTrain, claiming that federal authorities illegally approved the rail project.

Riverkeeper, the Guardians of Flushing Bay and the Ditmars Boulevard Block Association asked a federal appeals court in Manhattan to halt the project and review the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the environmental-impact statement. 

The plaintiffs, represented by the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, allege that the FAA issued an “unlawful approval” this summer and that the federal agency arbitrarily ignored proposed alternatives in favor of the Port Authority’s plan.

“The entire review needs to go back to the drawing board. [The government’s environmental-impact]

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