Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to bring AirTrain service to LaGuardia Airport has taken a step forward.
The Port Authority has chosen a contractor to conduct preliminary planning and engineering.
Parsons Brinckerhoff will develop plans for a new AirTrain station next to the LIRR and 7 Train at Willets Point, along with two stations at LaGuardia's new terminals.
Plans call for a one-and-a-half-mile-long line between Willets Point and the airport.
The elevated tracks would run alongside the Grand Central Parkway, simliar to the AirTrain that links the Jamaica and Howard Beach subway stops to JFK.
It's all part of a major overhaul underway at LaGuardia.
The $4 billion project is expected to be finished by 2021.