Vol. 9, No. 5 July 2014


More Than 5 Million Travelers to Use Port Authority Facilities During the July 4th Holiday Weekend

With more than 5 million travelers expected to use airports, bridges, tunnels, terminals and PATH during the July 4 holiday weekend, the Port Authority is prepared to provide assistance at its facilities through website alerts, Twitter updates, online parking reservations and additional customer care representatives at the airports to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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Port Authority Names New Leadership for its Airports

Five highly accomplished aviation leaders within the Port Authority's ranks will lead JFK, Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, Stewart International airport and our efforts at Atlantic City International Airport as the agency prepares to handle significantly increasing demand for air travel in the coming decades.  


The new team of general managers, Michael Moran at JFK, Rich Heslin at Newark Liberty, Lysa Scully at LaGuardia and Ed Harrison at Stewart, have more than 100 years of combined aviation experience within the agency.   


Additionally, at Atlantic City International Airport, E.J. Mullins was promoted to Program Director, overseeing the agency's agreement with the South Jersey Transportation Authority to provide general management services, including the development of air service for the airport.


Read details about the new team members.


Upper Level GWB Deck Rehabilitation Work Resumes


GWB Steel Deck Replacement.

Rehabilitation work has resumed at the GWB where three upper-level lanes will be closed during overnight hours for 12 weeks on the upper-level deck rehabilitation project, which began last summer. The lanes will be closed from  

9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday into Saturday. There will be no lane closings on Saturday or Sunday nights.  Motorists are encouraged to use the lower level of the bridge to avoid delays. 


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Public Comment Period Continues for Minimum Wage Rules at Airports
Continuing through July 13 members of the public may comment on the Port Authority's new minimum wage rules for non-trade labor service contract workers of entities doing business at JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports.

Click here for the new guidelines and instruction for submitting public comments.  Members of the public who wish to comment can send an email to wagepolicy@panynj.gov.  This is the first step in the implementation of the policy adopted by the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners in May.
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Did You Know?

You can sign up to receive a free subscription to eAlerts for notifications about incidents or events that may delay your trip across facilities operated by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  See for yourself. 


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Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, July 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 Commissioners Approve Deal to Provide Free
Wi-Fi at Four Agency Airports

Meeting a top desire of travelers at JFK International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Stewart International airports, fliers soon will be able to access complimentary Wi-Fi service, following the Board of Commissioners' approval on June 25 of revisions to the agency's existing contract with a subsidiary of Boingo Wireless Inc.

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Port Authority Commissioners Approve Modification to 2010 Agreement for 3 World Trade Center
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners on June 25 approved a modification to the 2010 financial agreement with Silverstein Properties (SPI) that meets the Port Authority's goal of increased private investment, advances construction of 3 World Trade Center and ensures that GroupM, a 515,000-square-foot anchor tenant moves to the WTC site.  The revised deal takes advantage of growing momentum in Lower Manhattan, as well as improved financial market conditions and does not require the Port Authority to provide additional public sector support.

Three World Trade Center under construction (center).

For additional details, read the press release.

Port of New York and New Jersey Stakeholders Release Port Performance Task Force Report as a Roadmap to Improve Customer Service
The Port Performance Task Force on June 24 released its report, which consists of 23 recommendations that if implemented will reduce truck congestion and air emissions in the Port of NY/NJ, improve customer service for truckers and other port stakeholders, and enhance the flow of goods from the port to the marketplace.  A new group of port stakeholders -- the Council on Port Performance -- will be formed to immediately begin the task of implementing the recommendations. 

Click to read the report  or press release.

$7.5 Million Authorized for Energy Conservation Programs at John F. Kennedy International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport
In advancing the agency's commitment to clean and efficient energy, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners on June 25 authorized $7.5 million for energy conservation improvements at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Through the Port Authority's Multi-Facility Guaranteed Energy Savings Program, the project will reduce operating expenses by approximately $700,000 per year and yield annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reductions of approximately 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).  The Port Authority's energy projects currently in construction or completed within the last year are expected to yield approximately 19,000 metric tons of reduced GHG emissions.
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