Vol. 9, No. 2 March 2014

Pilot Ferry Service Provided for PATH Weekend Closures of WTC and Exchange Place Stations


The Port Authority will initiate a six-weekend pilot ferry service between the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Terminal in New York, starting March 29-30 for weekend riders who would normally use PATH between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan.  


The ferry is for PATH weekend riders as an alternative to service typically provided at the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations, which will be closed most weekends throughout 2014 for a broad range of critical construction work.  


The fare will be $2.50 one-way, or $5.00 roundtrip, paid only via cash, credit or debit card at either terminal ticketing booth. The charge is the same as the cost for a PATH ride and is below the typical cost of a ferry ride across the Hudson River.



"Green Means Go" for Port Authority Vehicle Fleet 


The Port Authority Board of Commissioners on February 19 approved the purchase of more than 200 "green" vehicles, bringing the number of alternative-fuel, environmentally-friendly cars and trucks to approximately 85 percent of the agency's entire fleet -- which was named the third greenest among federal, state and local agencies surveyed across the country.


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Welcome Spring!

A new spring parking promotion launched offering customers $5 off for every $50 spent in the Long-Term lots at Kennedy and Newark Liberty International airports.  Promotion continues until April 29, 2014.  Click on these links to download Newark Liberty or Kennedy International coupons.  


Did You Know?

Each year, hundreds of certified minority-owned, woman-owned, small and disadvantaged business enterprises (MWSDBEs) play a major role in Port Authority operations -- delivering critical services and products that fuel the world's largest airport system, the East Coast's biggest seaport and the region's most active tunnels, bridges, terminals and rapid-transit system, PATH.


For details on becoming a Port Authority-certified MWSDBE vendor, visit the Port Authority website.   


Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, April 23, at 225 Park Ave. South, NYC.  A schedule of public meetings is published on the Port Authority website.Minutes and actions from previous Board of Commissioners meetings and webcasts are also available online.  
Port Authority Board of Commissioners Authorize
$1.03 Billion Project to Replace GWB Suspender Ropes

George Washington Bridge.
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners on March 19 authorized the largest capital investment in the George Washington Bridge's 82-year history and one of the largest projects in the Port Authority's recently approved 10-year capital plan.  The estimated $1.03 billion state-of-good-repair and improvement project will replace the bridge's 592 suspender ropes, rehabilitate all of the span's main cables, replace the north and south sidewalks, and provide enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access ramps at the world's busiest vehicular crossing.  This investment will also result in 4,900 jobs, $365 million in wages and $1.7 billion in economic activity for the region.

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Installation of Lincoln Tunnel LED Lighting Completed
The Lincoln Tunnel's new lighting.
e Port Authority announced on March 12 the installation of 2,300 energy efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) lights in the Lincoln Tunnel.  The lighting upgrade will provide more than $283,000 in annual energy savings while enhancing the safety of the 42 million drivers who travel through the tunnel each year. 

For additional details, read press release.

Port Authority Commences Largest Police Academy Class in the Department's 86-Year History
113th Police Academy Class.
The Port Authority on March 10 welcomed 275 prospective
police officers to its 113th Police Academy class.  The probationary officers have begun a rigorous 26-week program at the academy, located at the Port Authority Technical Center in Jersey City.  Upon graduation, the agency will have deployed nearly 500 new police officers, many of whom will be assigned to newly operational facilities at the World Trade Center.  In addition, the new officers will help the agency move forward its goal of reducing public safety overtime.   


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Port Authority Announces Selection of Thomas Bosco
as Agency's New Aviation Director and Huntley Lawrence as Deputy Director 
Thomas L. Bosco (left) and Huntley A. Lawrence.
The Port Authority announced on March 5 the selection of Thomas L. Bosco, a nearly 28-year veteran of the Port Authority who served as LaGuardia Airport's general manager, will lead the agency's Aviation Department as director.  Also, Huntley A. Lawrence, who has been with the agency for more than 28 years and previously was general manager of Newark Liberty International Airport, has been chosen for the deputy director's post.

The pair takes command of the Port Authority's airport operation in New York and New Jersey, the nation's largest, which handled a record 112.5 million passengers in 2013 and spurred the regional economy with more than 511,000 jobs, $26 million in annual wages and $72 billion in economic activity.

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