CORONA — The Mets-Willets Point 7 train station is set for a nearly $50 million overhaul ahead of its connection to the governor's planned AirTrain complex to LaGuardia Airport, according to the MTA.
Construction at the station is scheduled to begin in 2018, with $46.9 million invested to prepare the rarely-used station for the AirTrain. The plans were laid out in the MTA's Capital Plan.
The station is one of the least-used on the bustling 7 line, with 4,155 daily travelers in 2014.
By comparison, the Flushing-Main Street station saw 60,252 riders each day.
But it is expected to be pivotal to the proposed AirTrain station, announced last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The 1.5-mile ride will connect LIRR and 7 train riders to LaGuardia like the AirTrain to John F. Kennedy Airport, officials said. Its estimated cost is $450 million. It's not clear when work on that project will begin.
A spokesman for the MTA said the money will go toward "various work" at the Mets-Willets Point 7 train.