Date: Apr 05, 2017
Press Release Number: 57-2017
From April 5 through April 17, MTA to provide free Q70 bus service
Travelers flying into Terminal B being picked up by For-Hire Vehicles should use new pick-up area west of the Terminal
With more than 800,000 passengers expected at LaGuardia during the April 5 to April 17 spring break and holiday period, travelers are urged to leave plenty of time to reach the airport and consider using mass transit.
Starting Wednesday, April 5 through Monday, April 17, service will be free on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Q70 Select Bus Service, which provides non-stop service linking the main terminals of the airport (Terminals B, C and D) with New York City subway and Long Island Railroad transit hubs in Jackson Heights and Woodside, Queens.
Passengers are urged to contact their carriers on flight status and access updated traffic information prior to leaving for the airport. Airport traffic conditions are regularly updated and communicated via @LGAairport on Twitter and LaGuardiaAirport.com. Additional tips for passengers and motorists can be found on the airport’s website at http://laguardiaairport.com/news/spring-break-travel-tips.
For $18 a day, parking is available in LaGuardia’s Long Term Parking lot, located closest to Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) with access to Terminals A, B, C and D via the free airport shuttle bus, the Blue and Red routes. Drivers should take the Grand Central Parkway (GCP) at Exit 5 and follow signs to enter the lot via the airport entrance on 82nd Street. Avoid the GCP’s westbound Exit 7 and the 94th Street area if traveling in from the east. Daily and hourly lots adjacent to the terminals are expected to fill quickly, have limited availability, and cost $59 a day.
At Terminal B, new ground transfer locations will be in effect. The Terminal B taxi stand has been relocated to the west end of the terminal for easier off-airport access. Effective April 5, the pickup location for all passengers flying into Terminal B using For-Hire Vehicles (FHVs), including app-based services such as Uber, Lyft, Gett, Via, Juno and private car services, will now be centralized within the “Car Services, App-Based Rides & Black Car Pick-Up Area” located on Runway Drive west of Terminal B (see roadway map online).
Customers flying into Terminal B can use a dedicated shuttle bus via the Green Route or walk approximately 10 minutes from the terminal to the new FHV pick-up location. Passengers should consult signs as they exit the arrival areas at Terminal B. Customer service ambassadors will be on hand to offer assistance. Travelers should wait to exit the terminal before calling for cars.
Taxi group riding services -- such as Bandwagon, which matches riders going to the same area and moves them to the front of taxi lines – also be in effect on an optional basis from the airport. NYC Airporter buses will pick up and drop off passengers from the outer roadway on the Arrivals level instead of the terminal’s west end.
To help keep traffic moving, drivers can park and wait for arriving passengers in either the “Hourly Parking/Terminal C&D Wait Area” or the “Long-Term Parking / Terminal B Wait Area” lots for free, for up to three hours. A map and driving directions to either lot are available online.
The Port Authority has an onsite Traffic Command Center that continuously monitors traffic conditions and deploys staff and resources where necessary to minimize delays and prioritize traffic flow entering and exiting the airport.
Additionally, travelers to the airport are encouraged to download Waze, a free crowdsourced traffic and navigation application. The Port Authority will feed information on lane closures, traffic incidents and other events to the Waze platform in real time.
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