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$8.4M Ground Transportation Center unveiled at Long Island MacArthur Airport

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Long Island MacArthur Airport this week revealed a state-of-the-art, 12,000 square-foot Ground Transportation Center (GTC) project that will modernize the travel experience for Long Islanders and visitors.

The GTC serves travelers at the airport with new ground transportation options, including rental cars, taxis, buses, auto transport, ride-hailing services, hotel courtesy shuttles and Suffolk Bus.

Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken said the $8.4 million project improves travel efficiency and enhances customer convenience when traveling through MacArthur Airport.

“The aviation industry is rapidly changing,” LaRose-Arken said. “Centralizing transportation services is an asset for both visitors to Long Island and residents who choose mass transportation options, instead of driving now, and in the future.”

The layout of the GTC allows customers who already have a boarding pass to save time by entering the TSA checkpoint in minutes, LaRose-Arken added.

Empire State Development Corporation contributed a $650,000 capital grant for the renovation project and the facility received $800,000 from a New York State Aviation Grant.

Airport customer facility charges and bonds payable just from airport revenues covered the rest of the multi-million dollar transformation.

The new facilities present a comfortable, attractive “Long Island” aesthetic with “copper, sand and blue colors” painted throughout the space to welcome all arrivals, LaRose-Arken said.

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said major infrastructure projects like the GTC create more jobs and further highlight MacArthur Airport’s significant role in Long Island’s economic recovery.

“This new construction and infrastructure upgrade will benefit travelers at Long Island MacArthur Airport, making it even easier to use our airport both for visitors to Long Island and for our loyal local customers,” she said. “We are consistently improving the customer experience at MacArthur Airport to modernize and make travel easier and more comfortable.

“We are so grateful to all who helped us secure funding for this project, and at no expense to local taxpayers,” she added.  

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Feature image: Photo courtesy of the Town of Islip.