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Cuomo announces $10 billion JFK Airport transformation plan

 

Cuomo’s plans come as part of his ambitious effort to revitalize the state’s infrastructure and travel hubs, including Penn Station, LaGuardia Airport and the Second Ave. subway.

Cuomo’s plans come as part of his ambitious effort to revitalize the state’s infrastructure and travel hubs, including Penn Station, LaGuardia Airport and the Second Ave. subway.

(Richard Drew/AP)

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 3:40 PM

Gov. Cuomo unveiled Wednesday a $10 billion plan to transform Kennedy Airport into a “world-class” facility with interconnected terminals and better access by road and rail.

Cuomo, speaking at the Association for a Better New York in midtown, noted that Kennedy has plummeted to the 59th spot out of the top 100 airports in the world.

“When (Kennedy) was built, it was ahead of its time,” Cuomo said. “Now, time has passed us by.”

The governor’s proposal calls for adding lanes to the notoriously congested Van Wyck Expressway and the Kew Gardens Interchange.

Cuomo added that he and outgoing MTA chairman Tom Prendergast are exploring ways to whisk straphangers to the airport in a one-seat ride.

"If JFK airport is to grow, and it most certainly will, public transportation has to grow with it," Prendergast said.

Prendergast lamented the state of the Jamaica Ave. station, the transfer point for the AirTrain.

“This transfer is hardly a world-class experience,” Prendergast said.

Dan Tishman, chair Cuomo's Airport Advisory Panel, speaks about plans for a revitalized Kennedy Airport Wednesday in Midtown.

Dan Tishman, chair Cuomo's Airport Advisory Panel, speaks about plans for a revitalized Kennedy Airport Wednesday in Midtown.

(Richard Drew/AP)

Cuomo’s Kennedy vision includes a host of new amenities and newfangled security measures, including facial recognition technology.

He also wants to redesign airport roadways, and expand newer terminals and redevelop older ones to allow passengers to move between them without going outside.

Cuomo trumpeted his plan as good for the environment and for the pocketbook.

The revamp would lead to a 30% reduction in emissions, nearly 11 million gallons of fuel conserved and $27 million in annual savings, according to the governor.

Cuomo’s plans come as part of his ambitious effort to revitalize the state’s infrastructure and travel hubs, including Penn Station, LaGuardia Airport and the Second Ave. subway.

“We have proven we can do this,” Cuomo said. “Go look at the Tappan Zee Bridge. Go to the Second Ave. subway.”

“The blood that is in our founding fathers is in our veins,” he added. Let's get back that drive that made New York New York.”Send a Letter to the Editor

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