Gov. Announces Plan to Make Major Improvements at JFK
Last week Governor Cuomo announced what he's calling a vision plan to bring JFK into the 21st century. The plan which was created based on the recommendations from the Governors Airport Advisory Panel lays out a detailed overhaul of the long outdated airport. Officials say they are looking to create a unified, interconnected, world-class airport.
“New York never backs down from a challenge, rather we step up to take on the ambitious projects that are often thought to be impossible. That’s exactly what transforming JFK International Airport is all about," Governor Cuomo said. "Our vision plan calls for the creation of a unified, interconnected airport that changes the passenger experience and makes the airport much easier to access and navigate. We are New York, and we remember the bravado that built this State in the first place, and that is the attitude that will take JFK and turn it into the 21st century airport that we deserve.”
The Governor noted there were six key areas of focus in the vision plan. The interconnection of terminals, the redesign of on-airport roadways, centralization and expansion of parking, they will ensure world-class amenities, expand taxiways and implement state-of-the-art security technology. The plan also mentioned the issue of major congestion in roads that provide access to and from JFK on the Van Wyck and at the Kew Gardens Interchange. To address those concerns the Governor endorsed $1.5-$2 billion in spending by the State Department of Transportation. As for the rest of the project the number floating around is $10 billion however so experts are saying the numbers don't add up. You can find more specific details and an outline of the exact projects in the below video.