March 24th, 2022 – Town of Islip officials unveiled a new, state-of-the-art, 12,000 sf Ground Transportation Center (GTC) at Long Island MacArthur Airport today. The GTC centralizes all ground transportation to serve visitors and Long Island travelers with a more modern facility. Now rental cars, taxis, buses, auto transport, ride-hailing services, hotel courtesy shuttles and Suffolk Bus provides transportation services from the GTC.
“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,” said Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “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.
“The aviation industry is rapidly changing,” said Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken. “Technology is shifting and improving the way we travel through airports, and so further enhancing customer convenience is important to us. 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 efficient location and layout of the new GTC enables customers who already have a boarding pass to save time by entering the TSA checkpoint within minutes,” she added.
The space was transformed in part with $800,000 from a New York State Aviation Grant and a $650,000 grant from the Empire State Development Corp. Airport Customer Facility charges and bonds that are payable solely from airport revenues covered the remainder of funding for the $8.4M GTC project.
Empire State Development, through the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, awarded the Town of Islip the $650,000 capital grant to support the renovation and modernization of the Ground transportation facility. ESD’s investment reinforces the LIREDC’s mission to encourage projects that align with the Council’s strategies to promote tourism and support Long Island’s economic growth. .