Growing the Region
Vol. 6, No. 2, March 2, 2011

Progress Continues At World Trade Center
Visit to view the latest photos on the construction of One World Trade Center and a video featuring the progress on the WTC Transportation Hub. The steel structure of One World Trade Center has reached the 58th floor, while the glass exterior is beginning to take shape along the lower floors.

Public Meetings
The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held Tuesday, March 29. Visit to view minutes and actions from previous Board of Commissioners meetings and to view schedules for future meetings. Webcasts from the Feb. 24 Board and committee meetings are also available online.

Did You Know?
The SmartLink Card is a great way to pay for your trips on PATH. SmartLink is a durable, plastic card with an embedded computer chip that keeps track of the number of remaining prepaid trips, as well as the number of days remaining on an Unlimited Pass. Trips and passes may be added to the card online at, or at a PATH vending machine in any PATH station.

Flight Options on the Rise at Newark Liberty
As Southwest Airlines Begins Flights to Midwest

Southwest Airlines will begin operating flights on March 27 from three gates in Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A. The airline plans to begin service to Chicago-Midway and St. Louis and add service to four other cities later.

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved the terms of an agreement in which Southwest will assume all the lease terms for the space that applied to United Airlines. Under the terms of the merger agreement between United and Continental Airlines, United will provide Gates 10, 14 and 15 in the A-1 satellite for use by Southwest, which will receive slots for 18 daily flights.

Green and Clean at Howland Hook

New York Container Terminal Inc. (NYCT) is the first participant in the Port Authority’s Cargo-Handling Equipment Fleet Modernization Incentive Program, part of a comprehensive set of environmental initiatives undertaken at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

During a ceremony held on Feb.24, the Port Authority presented a ceremonial check for $348,633 to NYCT, Inc., the operator of the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island. NYCT used the funds toward the replacement of older cargo-handling equipment with units that produce lower levels of emissions.

In 2010, the program’s first year, NYCT invested $2,972,962 in 11 new pieces of equipment. The PA’s incentive program is open to all marine terminal tenants that remove from operation old heavy-emissions equipment and replace it with new equipment that meets federal on- or off-road air emissions standards.

NYCT and APM Terminal in Elizabeth are also participating in a pilot project that uses customized hybrid technology for yard hostlers, which move containers around the terminal, to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.

The Port Authority has partnered with the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s busiest port, on the hybrid yard hostler pilot project, while working through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s International Sustainable Ports and Carriers Partnership.

Ceremonial Check Presentation

Presenting the ceremonial check to Charles Priscu (second from the left) of New York Container Terminal Inc. were (left to right) William Nurthen, Annette Barry-Smith, and Atef Ahmed, all of the Port Authority’s Port Commerce Department.

The Port Authority of NY & NJ