Growing the Region - News from the Port Authority of NY & NJ

Vol. 2, No. 1, February 2007

Port Authority Acts to Relieve Air Traffic Congestion
To prepare for future economic growth in the region, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized the purchase of the Stewart Airport operating lease.

Stewart Airport, located in Newburgh, NY, will play a significant role in helping the metropolitan airport system meet projected growth in passenger traffic, and the acquisition of this lease is an important step toward reducing congestion at the area’s airports.

The mission of the Port Authority has always been to anticipate and plan for the major transportation infrastructure needs of the future. This action to secure Stewart Airport is another example of the Port Authority’s commitment to that mandate.

WTC Progress Continues
Construction workers have started to dig an 85-foot trench into the bedrock in order to build the retaining wall at the eastern edge of the site to hold foundations of Towers 2, 3 and 4. Construction of these towers will begin over the next two years.

When completed by the end of 2007, the $174 million retaining wall will have more than 60 panels covering more than 1,200 feet. Eventually, the retaining wall will protect and support more than 6 million square feet of office space and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

The first 30-foot-tall, 25-ton steel columns were bolted into place on December 19, marking tangible progress on the Freedom Tower at The World Trade Center Site.

These giant columns, which can be seen at street level, are part of the 45,000 tons of steel that will be used to build the Freedom Tower.

In addition, the Freedom Tower, the World Trade Center Memorial, and the Transportation Hub are all under construction. Excavation work at the Freedom Tower continues and 4,168 cubic yards of concrete has been poured. Blasting and excavation for the Memorial and Memorial Museum are under way. PATH utility relocations are complete.

AirTrain Success Continues with New Ridership Records
2006 was another record year for AirTrain JFK & AirTrain Newark.

Nearly 4 million paid riders used AirTrain JFK, a 15 percent increase, and some 1.6 million paid passengers used Air Train Newark, an 8 percent increase over 2005. Both continue to gain ground as a lower cost transit option for travel to JFK and Newark Liberty.

AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark offer a fast and reliable way to avoid traffic with easy connections from local public transit systems - New York City subways and buses and the Long Island Railroad for AirTrain JFK, and Amtrak and NJ Transit for AirTrain Newark. The benefits also include reducing congestion and emissions on roadways at or near the airports.

Port Authority Calls for Federal Action on Port Security
A Port Authority task force on port security released a series of recommendations calling on the federal government to do more to enhance security at the nation's 361 seaports.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia established the task force. The task force's report called for:

  1. Minimum mandatory cargo screening and security standards to monitor every cargo shipment.
  2. Presidential appointment of a National Port and Cargo Security Director with ultimate responsibility and accountability for coordinating cargo security efforts.
  3. A nationwide user fee to offset security upgrades incurred by port facility owners and operators.
  4. Establishment of unique response and recovery plans for every U.S. port so facilities can quickly reopen after a disaster.
  5. Federal legislation establishing a uniform risk assessment plan as the basis for allocating federal resources for port security.

News Briefs:
JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty log more than 100 million passengers in 2006
Anthony Shorris appointed as Port Authority Executive Director



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