Some travelers like Cuomo's plan to construct 1.5-mile rail link to NY's LaGuardia Airport

Associated Press

Some business travelers and others are applauding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to construct a 1.5 mile rail link from a transit hub in Queens to LaGuardia Airport.

Salesman Tom Fiore says it has sometimes taken as long as two hours by cab from Manhattan to the airport eight miles away. He says a rail link would speed that trip considerably.

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Cuomo envisions spending $450 million on the rail link. That follows an announcement last year to spend $3.6 billion for a complete renovation of LaGuardia, which Vice President Joe Biden famously called a "third world" facility.

The rail link project needs the approval of state lawmakers. Estimates are it could take five years to complete construction.