Taking another step forward in the construction of the new LaGuardia Airport, the Port Authority announced the opening of a new seven-story Terminal B parking garage, with phased-in operations beginning February 10, for customers to begin using Levels 3 through 6. All customers are asked to use the 94th Street exit off the Grand Central Parkway and follow directional signage to access the garage.
The garage opening is part of a complex $8 billion, multi-phase construction plan designed to enable the 30-million passengers-a-year airport to continue operating while the entire airport is rebuilt. Under the plan, old facilities are demolished one at a time, and operations are moved to temporary locations until new facilities can be completed.
With the opening of the new garage, other parking lots will be taken out of service to support construction elsewhere on the airport.
The new garage will utilize a temporary covered walkway that connects directly to the existing Terminal B departures level. Upon completion of the new Terminal B, there will be two fully-enclosed walkways, one on Level 2 and another on Level 4, that will provide passengers with easy, direct access to the completed new terminal’s arrivals hall.
“Opening the new Terminal B Garage is an initial step in the complete redevelopment and modernization of LaGuardia Airport,’’ said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, LaGuardia will be the first entirely new airport built in the U.S. in more than 20 years.”
More than 2,400 parking spots are reserved for personal vehicles, including those providing easier access for people with disabilities. After a complimentary first hour, the garage’s drive-up rate will be $5 per half hour, with a daily maximum promotional rate of $39. Less expensive daily rates are available at www.laguardiaairport.com, where customers can pre-book parking beginning February 13, get directions to the airport and find customer assistance contact information.
Garage customers can use various payment options. E-ZPass Plus lanes and Apple Pay will be available in the coming weeks. Currently, there are Pay-on-Foot stations located on levels 1, 2, & 4 to accept payment or payment can be made by booking a reservation on the LaGuardia Airport website.
In July 2015, Governor Cuomo unveiled the vision for a comprehensive development of LaGuardia Airport. The $8 billion project, 80 percent of which is funded through private financing and existing passenger fees, will create a unified, 21st century terminal system. It is a complex, multi-phased project, requiring the construction of a new airport on top of an existing one while keeping it fully operational. The project includes a new Terminal B, which will serve Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest and United; a new Delta Air Lines Terminal C replacing the current Terminals C and D; an improved roadway system; new parking infrastructure and other associated projects. The first new terminal area, Terminal B’s Concourse B, is expected to open later this year.