Vol. 9, No. 3 May 2014

Weekend Ferry Service
To Continue Throughout 2014
As Offset for PATH Closures
On May 2, the Port Authority announced the continuation of weekend ferry service between the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in New York throughout 2014, following the success of a six-week pilot program for weekend riders who would normally use PATH between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan.

Read press release.

Port Authority Board
Establishes Minimum Wage
Policy for Contract Workers
Seeking to ensure standardized fair pay for non-trade labor service workers at its facilities, the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners April 23 adopted a policy that provides for contractors to pay an appropriate minimum wage to their workers, with a dollar increase as soon as practicable this year for those earning $9 or less and a ramp up to $10.10 in 2015. The policy also calls for Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday, and calls on employers to develop plans for enhanced wages and benefits.

Click to read press release.

Atlantic City International Airport Launches New Services
On April 1, Atlantic City International Airport ushered in a new era with its first nonstop flights to/from Chicago and Houston.  Officials including U.S. Rep. Frank Lobiondo and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian joined Port Authority, South Jersey Transportation Authority, civic and local representatives in welcoming United Airlines to Southern New Jersey's premier airport. 

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Second Phase of Lincoln Tunnel Helix Rehabilitation Begins

On April 22, the Port Authority began a roadway improvement project to rehabilitate the westbound Lincoln Tunnel Route 495 roadway approach known as the "helix."  While the work will necessitate the late night closure of the NJ-bound helix lanes, commuters will still be able to travel westbound through the tunnel and onto Route 495 by detouring onto the eastbound helix lanes.   


Click to read press release, including planned closure schedule, or view detour map.   


Did You Know?

The Port Authority announced the completion of a project to upgrade North Ave. East and McLester St., two major, heavily traveled roads in the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal.  Read press release.  


Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 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.  
Special Oversight Committee Solicits Public Comment
On Port Authority Reforms

The Special Oversight Committee of the Port Authority's Board of
Special Oversight Committee holds first Port Authority Reform Panel discussion.
Commissioners undertook two initiatives in April designed to further the committee's mission to examine the governance, structure and operational oversight of the organization.

On April 23, the committee announced that the public can provide comments and recommendations on reform of the agency via email at reform@panynj.gov.  The committee will collect and review this feedback and address these issues at future public meetings of the committee.

Two days earlier, the committee held a Port Authority Reform panel discussion with several long-time independent observers of the organization. The discussion focused on reform recommendations the Special Oversight Committee can make that will allow the agency
to meet the long-term transportation, infrastructure and economic needs of the New York and New Jersey region moving forward. Click to view video of Special Oversight Committee panel discussion.

Read press release.

Port Authority Announces Targeted Incentive Program
to Boost Auto Business at the Port of NY and NJ

Toyota's Auto Processing Facility at the Port of New York and New Jersey.  (Photo Courtesy of Ron Shaw, Toyota.) 
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners on April 23 approved a targeted incentive program to boost auto business
at the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port for the import and export of new and used automobiles in the country. The five-year program is designed to attract new automotive manufacturers and to provide incentives to existing ones to increase automobile volumes through the Port.  Read press release.

Successful Port Authority Land Preservation Program Renewed with Additional $60 Million Open Space Commitment Made by Agency's Board of Commissioners
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners on April 23 unanimously approved an additional $30 million authorization each for the states of
Pouch Camp, Staten Island, NY
New York and New Jersey to preserve open space throughout the Hudson-Raritan Estuary area. 

The program, which began in 2001, provides the public with additional access to coastal resources, establishes new parkland in coastal and underserved communities, protects important wildlife and provides ecological benefits that help reduce damage to property from major storm events.  It serves as a counterweight to the impacts of the Port Authority's development  in the region.


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