Long Island MacArthur Airport Unveils New Ground Transportation Hub
City of Islip officials unveiled a new, state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot Ground Transportation Center (GTC) at Long Island MacArthur Airport. The GTC centralizes all ground transportation to serve Long Island visitors and travelers with a more modern facility. Now rental cars, taxis, buses, auto transport, ride sharing services, free hotel shuttles and Suffolk Bus provide transport services from the GTC.
“This new construction and infrastructure upgrade will benefit travelers to Long Island MacArthur Airport, making it even easier to use our airport for both Long Island visitors and our loyal customers. local customers,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “We are constantly improving the customer experience at MacArthur Airport to modernize and make travel easier and more comfortable. We are very grateful to everyone who helped us secure funding for this project, at no cost to local taxpayers,” she added.
“The aviation industry is changing rapidly,” said Airports Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken. “Technology is changing and improving the way we travel through airports, so it’s important for us to further improve customer convenience. Centralizing transportation services is a boon for Long Island visitors and residents alike. choose public transit options, instead of driving now and in the future The efficient location and layout of the new GTC allows customers who already have a boarding pass to save time entering at the point of TSA check in minutes,” she added.
The space was transformed in part with an $800,000 grant from New York State Aviation and a $650,000 grant from the Empire State Development Corp. project.
Empire State Development, through the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, awarded the City of Islip the $650,000 capital grant to support the renovation and upgrade of the ground transportation facility. ESD’s investment furthers LIREDC’s mission to encourage projects that align with the Council’s strategies to promote tourism and support Long Island’s economic growth.
“ESD is proud to support the renovation of the Ground Transportation Center at Long Island MacArthur Airport, given the importance of the aviation industry to New York State’s economy. Upgrading the GTC is a significant infrastructure investment that will strengthen the region by boosting economic and tourism opportunities on Long Island and throughout the state,” said Acting State Development Commissioner Hope Knight and Designated Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“The new ground transportation hub at MacArthur Airport reflects the vital need for state-of-the-art facilities that improve access for business travelers and visitors drawn to Long Island for its incredible industrial assets and destinations. tourist. Investing in infrastructure is an investment in economic development and an ongoing priority for New York State,” said Kevin Law, Co-Chair of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and Chairman-Elect of the Board of Directors of ‘ESD.
“MacArthur Airport is a major economic engine that helps create well-paying jobs for the entire region. Businesses are more likely to locate in Long Island because of this airport. There is so much potential here for Long Island and we expect to see positive growth materialize in many ways here in the months and years to come,” said Joe Campolo, former Chairman of the Board of HIA- LI and managing partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP.
In addition to its updated functionality for travelers, the new facilities will provide a more comfortable and attractive aesthetic. “The interior will reflect the Long Island vibe with colors of copper, sand and blue to welcome visitors to our area,” added LaRose-Arken.
“The new JWG is the culmination of a lot of planning, hard work and cooperation, and we thank all members of City Council for their continued support. These major infrastructure projects are creating jobs for Long Island and the airport’s role in economic recovery is more important than ever,” Supervisor Carpenter said.