Getting to LGA takes too long, costs too much: Airport group

A taxi proved to be the fastest mode of transportation to LaGuardia Airport in a study conducted by an airport advocacy group.
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If you are in a hurry to get to LaGuardia Airport, hailing a yellow cab might be your best bet.

A taxi trip from 39th Street and 6th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan came in first in a recent “Race to LaGuardia” event sponsored by the Global Gateway Alliance, an airport advocacy agency.

The taxi, of course, was not the cheapest transit mode offered. The trip took 25 minutes and cost $33, including a 20 percent tip.

Coming in second was the NYC Airporter express bus service, which took 44 minutes to reach LGA and cost $13.

The UberX car service was third at 48 minutes and cost $44 followed by CitiBike at 49 minutes at a cost of $2.50. The No. 7 train to the Q70 bus at Woodside took 58 minutes and cost $2.50, while the Long Island Rail Road to the Q70 bus took 56 minutes and cost $8.25.

The No. 4 train to the M60 bus at 125th Street came in last at 61 minutes and cost $2.50.

“The survey found what passengers across the city and the country know all too well,” said Joseph Sitt, founder of the Global Gateway Alliance.

“There isn’t any easy hassle-free way to get to and from LaGuardia. Either you are charged an arm and a leg or you have a long trip on public transporta­tion.”

“With the Port Authority and airlines investing billions of dollars to bring LaGuardia into the 21st century, we need to do better than public transportation to the airport that can be beat by a three-speed bike.”

The Global Gateway Alliance has called for a Bus Rapid Transit super express bus line linking the N subway terminus at 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria directly to LaGuardia, less than 3 miles away.

In addition, the agency called for better marketing and communications for the Q70 bus line as an airport link, including introducing a name that connotes air travel rather than just another route number.

Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by e-mail at or phone at 718-260-4536.

Posted 12:00 am, July 12, 2014
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Jerry from Bayside says:
The MTA should study and build an extension of the N train down the center of the GCP to LaGuardia like they did w the air train at JFK. This would give a one seat ride from LaGuardia to mid town manhattan.
As a give back to the community you could cover the sunken part of the GCP where the new elevated train would go and build some desperately needed parking and green space.
July 12, 2014, 4:42 pm

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