"NYC subway extension to LaGuardia idea gains steam after Cuomo’s AirTrain nixed"
By CLAYTON GUSE OCT 24, 2021 AT 2:23 PM
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html
".A new overhead track that bends east from a point between the 30th Ave. and Astoria Blvd. N/W stations and then runs along the Grand Central would not require disrupting swaths of the surrounding neighborhood, [Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens)] says." He opposed an earlier plan to extend the N at Ditmars.
And the part that interests me for another reason:
"[F]unding it may be easier since the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year changed regulations that only allowed airport passenger facility charges to fund rail links that do not also serve communities. The shift would allow the MTA or Port Authority to use passenger charges to fund a subway extension."
Those airline ticket fees could be a boon for public rail transit in the U.S. They tend to be underused, from what I've read. Smaller airports building gazebos, mowing the lawn every day, lowering state roads five inches, building traffic circles, etc. And that's just one airport I know of! As for lengthening runways, the justification from the local airport is that the newer class of small airline jets need it, and in general safety specs have gone up, taking into account air temperature and all that.