Vol. 4, No. 2, February 26, 2009
News Briefs
ExpressRail Elizabeth, the rail transfer facility at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal, recently celebrated the 3 millionth cargo container to move through the facility since it was established 18 years ago. It is estimated that 5 million truck trips have been eliminated by moving cargo to and from the Elizabeth terminal by rail during this period. Read more.
PIC
Public Meetings
The next monthly Board of Commissioners' meeting will be held Thursday, March 26. The next Commissioners' World Trade Center meeting will be held March 5. Visit panynj.info for Board meeting schedules and to view minutes and board actions from previous meetings.
Did You Know?
The Port Authority's three metropolitan area airports handled more than 106 million passengers in 2008.
Doing Business with the Port Authority
For PA Procurement Information and Opportunities, click here.
Alliance Urges Full Funding for Initiative To Unclog
Air Traffic Control System
A Port Authority-led coalition met in New York City on Feb. 25 to urge full federal funding for initiatives to overhaul the country's air traffic control system and significantly reduce delays that plague the nation's air travelers. The National Alliance to Advance NextGen, an advanced GPS system that helps air traffic controllers move more aircraft more efficiently, is composed of nearly 100 organizations representing millions of people. It called for an FAA Reauthorization Bill that includes the billions of dollars necessary to advance, install and operate NextGen technology as quickly as possible, and to do so in the New York metropolitan region first to provide the most widespread benefit.
For additional details, click here.

Port Authority to Invest More Than $375 Million
on Delay Reduction Program and Runway Reconstruction at JFK Airport
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners took the lead once again on the critical issue of delay reductions at the PA's airports. At its February 19 meeting, the Board approved a $376.3 million investment to implement the second phase of its JFK Delay Reduction Program while also reconstructing and widening one of the longest commercial airport runways in the U.S. – measuring more than 2 3/4 miles in length.
For additional details, click here.
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Bay Runway at JFK (left) handles more than half of JFK's departures.

One World Trade Center is Now More Than 100 Feet Above Street Level
Photos below depict steel installation of One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, as it rises 105 feet above street level. Click here to visit a recent article in The New York Times, An Absence Framed in Steel: 1 World Trade Center. Visit WTCProgress.com for additional photos and video clips. Click on the images below to enlarge.
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