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New York paralyzes the mega-project of the train to LaGuardia airport

New York, Oct 13 (EFE) .- The state of New York paralyzed the megaproject to build a train to the LaGuardia airport known as “LaGuardia AirTrain”, valued at 2,100 million dollars, and for which the Spanish construction companies ACS and OHLA, in association with AECOM (USA) and Mitsubishi (Japan).

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported in a statement that it had made this decision at the request of New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who requested that alternatives to the original project be investigated.

“At the request of Governor Hochul, the Port Authority is conducting a comprehensive review of possible alternative public transportation options to LaGuardia airport,” the statement said.

The institution indicated that it will maintain contacts with independent experts and with interested parties with the intention of concluding as soon as possible, but without giving up a “rigorous and exhaustive” review.

“During the review, the Port Authority suspends future actions regarding the LaGuardia AirTrain project,” the official note said.

Last August, the Port Authority announced the names of the four finalist groups that aspire to the construction of the train, among them LGA Xpress Partners, where the companies chaired by Florentino Pérez and Luis Amodio are included.

Initially, the four selected teams must submit their proposals before April 2022 and the final selection is scheduled for the summer of next year.

The train to LaGuardia Airport, located in the New York borough of Queens, was one of the star infrastructure projects of former Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was forced to resign after a spate of allegations of sexual abuse, as well as bad news. practices.

The initiative had been the subject of several criticisms from politicians and organizations in Queens who claimed that the authorities had ruled out alternative projects (some of them with less environmental impact and less cost) without giving them the necessary attention.

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