The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is seeking proposals for consultants to manage the public review process for the environmental impact statement (EIS) of the proposed AirTrain LGA project. The AirTrain LGA rail-link will travel from LaGuardia Airport in Queens to both the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York City Transit (NYCT) subway system.
The EIS provides opportunities for public input and examines all potential effects and mitigation measures of the proposed project. Once the environmental consultant is selected, the review will begin with a Notice of Intent and scoping. Opportunities for review and comment will occur once a Draft EIS is made available. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will conclude the process with the issuance of a Record of Decision.
“As is the case with any critical infrastructure project, public input and a thorough evaluation of all alternatives is paramount,” remarked Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “Our goal is to provide LaGuardia Airport passengers with a convenient, reliable world-class rail connection with travel times below 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan. We’re grateful for the invaluable community input that has guided our planning thus far and look forward to additional engagement as the FAA proceeds with the formal environmental review.”