Free Bus Service To and From LaGuardia Airport — Until…
The Q70 LaGuardia Link SBS is operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York; and it provides non-stop express service between Terminals B, C and D of the airport with regional intermodal transit hubs in Jackson Heights and Woodside, Queens served by the E, F, M, R and 7 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.
SBS stand for Select Bus Service, which allows buses to provide service for areas which have no subway service available. The goal of Bus Rapid Transit systems is to bring faster, more reliable and quality bus service to high ridership corridors. “In New York City, SBS improves speed and reliability through dedicated bus lanes, off-board fare payment, station spacing and transit signal priority (TSP). SBS also improves passenger comfort and convenience through enhanced bus stops that include shelters with seating, lighting and real time bus information.”
Despite its expense, I never really understood why a subway line was never built to serve LaGuardia Airport even though rail links to the airport have been proposed since as early as 1943; but according to this article written by Max Rivlin-Nadler of The Village Voice, a controversial AirTrain system similar to the one which currently serves John F. Kennedy International Airport is supposedly in the works to be in operation by the year 2023.
I have used the Q70 — the Q means that the bus route operates in Queens — before it was designated as a Select Bus Service in September of 2016. It was the least expensive but most crowded option of ground transportation; and the schedule was not the most convenient — but it certainly served its purpose for me whenever I used it.