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Vol. 4, No. 6, July 31, 2009
Briefs
New Cars
Debut on PATH

Delivering on a significant portion of its long-term $3.3 billion commitment to modernize the PATH system, the Port Authority, joined by New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, officially inaugurated service for its new rail cars at a ceremony July 10 in Jersey City. The first seven cars of the new 340-train fleet are now on the tracks, kicking off the bistate agency's modernization program that also will eventually include a new signal system and station upgrades.
Public Meetings
The next monthly Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting will be held August 13. Visit panynj.info to view minutes and board actions from previous meetings.
Did You Know?
The “necklace” lighting of the George Washington Bridge is now composed of 156 energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures, which replaced the old mercury vapor fixtures. Click here to learn more.
Doing Business with the Port Authority
For PA Procurement Information and Opportunities, click here.
Work to Begin in Manhattan on ARC
Mass Transit Tunnel Later This Year
Work on the $8.7 billion ARC Mass Transit Tunnel has been cleared to start in Manhattan later this year, following approval of the project's land use plan by the New York City Council on July 29. Council members voted unanimously 47-0 to approve the massive passenger rail project's special permit application under the city's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Read more.

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Port Authority Approves Effort to Replace
Polluting Trucks
At its July 23 meeting, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized a program designed to help replace more than 600 of the oldest, most polluting trucks serving the Port of New York and New Jersey with newer models that generate less pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The program, which is partially funded through a $7 million federal grant, is designed to encourage the owners of pre-1994 trucks that regularly serve the port to purchase newer vehicles. Read more.
 
Traffic Down in 2009 on Bridges, Tunnels, and PATH; Agency Maintains Sound Overall Financial Condition
The Port Authority recently reported that activity levels at its crossings and PATH system were down significantly during the first half of 2009.

Despite the continuing decline in activity levels, the Port Authority's overall fiscal condition remained sound thanks to cost-cutting measures the agency has instituted to ensure a zero-growth operating budget in anticipation of the economic downturn. Read press release.
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