Vol. 9, No. 4 June 2014


Port Authority's Green Vehicle Fleet Receives Major Recognition for Emissions Reduction

Empire Clean Cities President Steven Levy (right) presents award to Port Authority representative Jim Reinish.  Behind them are two "green" PA vehicles.

The Port Authority's continued investment in one of the nation's greenest vehicle fleets has earned the agency another honor from Empire Clean Cities, a coalition of the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program, at the group's 6th annual stakeholder meeting at the Queen's Museum on May 22. 

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Port Authority Launches "Two States, One Port" Campaign with Local Maritime Education Organizations
Maritime Students Aboard the Lettie G. Howard on May 12.

On May 12, the Port Authority joined with regional maritime educational institutions to celebrate the launch of "Two States, One Port," a campaign to promote the study of harbor and port issues for regional maritime students while also providing financing for studies aboard the 121-year old Lettie G. Howard fishing vessel.

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, New York Harbor Foundation and South Street Seaport Museum took part in an event on May 12 at Pier 25 in Lower Manhattan to highlight the work of high school students on the Lettie and provide guests with vessel tours. 

Did You Know? 

The MTA M60 bus that connects LaGuardia Airport and upper Manhattan now provides Select Bus Service with limited stops and faster service.  The M60 bus travels from all LaGuardia terminals via Astoria Blvd. in Queens to West 106 Street and Broadway in Manhattan. To learn more, visit the MTA's website.  


Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, June 25, at 2 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ.  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 Exceeds 2013 M/W/SBE Goal for World Trade Center Projects
At the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners meeting on May 28 the Port Authority announced that it awarded $419 million in contracts to Minority Women-Owned Small Business Enterprise (M/W/SBE) for
Attendees at Port Authority-sponsored M/W/SBE Event.
work at its facilities in 2013, including $181 million in World Trade Center construction dollars. 

The Port Authority's M/W/SBE spending was the largest of any transportation agency in the region -- supporting nearly 3,480 job-years, and generating $215 million in wages and $708 million in regional economic activity.

Read press release for additional details.

Port Authority Launches Webcams Allowing Residents and Motorists to View Progress on Construction of the New Goethals Bridge
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today launched four webcams offering motorists and residents the opportunity to view and
View of Goethals Bridge from one of four webcams.
track construction progress of the Goethals Bridge replacement project.  Two of the four construction cameras are located on the side of the current bridge with views of New York and New Jersey and two others are located nearby, facing the bridge in Elizabeth, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York.

The cameras provide images every
15 minutes of construction activity.  Members of the public can view all four cameras at http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/goethals-bridge-replacement.html#webcam and select their favorite images and share via email, Facebook and Twitter. 

Read press release for further details. 

Port Authority Completes Major Runway Rehabilitation Project Ahead of Schedule at Newark Liberty Airport
Airside view of Newark Liberty International Airport.

The bulk of major repair work has been completed ahead of a 60-day schedule on one of Newark Liberty International Airport's major runways, allowing a resumption of flights on typical patterns at New Jersey's busiest airport.

Runway 4L-22R reopened as a shortened runway on May 26, following 55 days of rehabilitative work began on April 1 that includes repaving, improving taxiways to get planes on and off the runway faster, and overhauling lighting and electrical systems.  The reopening means both of the airport's main north-south runways are back in service. 

Read more about the project. 

Port Authority Amends Contract to Enhance Security at World Trade Center Site
As part of its ongoing effort to enhance security at the World Trade Center site, the Port Authority on May 28 announced that it was adding the World Trade Center to a contract with Allied Barton Security Services -- which currently provides unarmed security guard services to the agency's major airports.  Security guard services at the World Trade Center site will be transitioned to Allied Barton in mid-June. 


Allied Barton was originally selected to provide unarmed security services for the Port Authority in July 2013 after a competitive RFP process for a four-year period at $221 million. An additional $60.4 million has been allocated to Allied's contract for the World Trade Center site.  Allied Barton Security Services will be responsible for providing access control at vehicle and pedestrian guard entrances, monitoring security systems and issuing security identification cards. 


Read press release.