Cointrin330 wrote:NYC-air wrote:Rikers Island, once closed, should be used for a new parallel runway for 13/31. LaGuardia isn't going anywhere so they might as well do this to improve delays. I'm aware that it won't increase slots but it will make the airport more reliable, especially during winter storms.
Environmentalists and NIMBYs will likely, unfortunately oppose this.
The only physical space available to expand LaGuardia meaningfully is toward and onto Rikers. This would not reduce delays substantially, but it would help to give the airport more reliability in inclement weather. The issue is cost. I just don't see funds being made available at the Federal, State, or Local level to make this happen without a huge tax hike. I think LGA will have to settle around new and much better terminals, improved taxiway operations, and not much else.
Rikers Island belongs to the City, they are going to decided what happens. The redevelopment of LaGuardia was a Port Authority project pushed by Cuomo, neither can influence the outcome of what happens on Rikers Island. The City council and Mayor have not a care in the world about delays at LaGuardia, they have their own agenda. I would look for the following at Rikers:
Green space, affordable housing, utilities such as waste water treatment plants and possibly selling a portion to private developers similar to Hudson Yards.