Solar-Powered Airplane Lands at JFK International Airport
completed its pioneering voyage as the first solar-powered aircraft
to fly coast-to-coast with a late night landing at John F. Kennedy
International Airport on Saturday, July 6, touching down on Runway 22L
at 11:09 p.m. It started its voyage May 3 in San Francisco, with
subsequent stops in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. The
clean-energy aircraft contains thousands of silicon solar cells and is
equipped with state-of-the-art batteries that store power, making it
possible to fly thousands of miles without fossil fuel. Read more
Board Approves Contract
for Airport Security Services
part of its continuing efforts to enhance security at its
transportation facilities the Port Authority Board of Commissioners
July 24 authorized a four-year contract for unarmed security guard services with Allied Barton Security
Services. The agency's selection of Allied Barton to replace FJC
Security follows a competitive procurement process and is part of an
internal reorganization of security functions at Port Authority
facilities under the direction of Chief Security Officer Joe Dunne. The
agency will combine unarmed guard services for its three major
aviation facilities under one contract to provide for more efficient
operations. The $221 million contract with Allied Barton goes into
effect on September 1.
Decline in Vehicle Accidents
Reported at PA Facilities
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that motor vehicle crashes at its facilities decreased by 4 percent in
2012 compared to 2011, according to the agency's recently released
2012 Traffic Crash Report. The motor vehicle crash rate reduction in
2012 reflects the Port Authority's long-term commitment to reduce
crashes at its tunnels, bridges, airports, and marine terminals.
at the Outerbridge
The Port Authority is in the midst of a pavement improvement project
on the 85 year-old Outerbridge Crossing to improve traffic safety and
driving conditions. The project began July 9 and will continue through
October 2013. During that time, the bridge that links Perth Amboy,
N.J., to Staten Island will be closed during overnight hours, Monday to
Thursday from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., and Friday from 11:59 p.m. to 7
a.m. Saturday. The bridge will be open on Saturday and Sunday nights
and holiday weekends. During the scheduled work, traffic will be
diverted to the Goethals Bridge. After Labor Day, the bridge will close
at 9 p.m. on weeknights and open at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
Long-Term Improvement Plan
Eyed for PA Bus Terminal
the Port Authority Bus Terminal at capacity during peak periods and
interstate bus travel continuing to grow, the Port Authority Board of
Commissioners has authorized a comprehensive study to explore ways to
accommodate future growth in bus commuting heading to and from midtown
Manhattan. Read more.
Did you Know?
You can keep up with the Port Authority and its services on Twitter. @PANYNJ is the official Twitter feed for the Port Authority. You can also keep up with PATH via @PATHTrain and our airports via @NY_NJairports.
The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be Wednesday, Sept. 18. A schedule of public meetings is published on the Port Authority website. Minutes and actions from previous Board of Commissioners meetings are also available on the site. Webcasts from the July 24 Board and committee meetings are also available online. |
One World Trade Center Photo Contest
World Trade Center
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Port Authority Board Approves $255 Million Project
to Modernize Infrastructure at LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport's infrastructure will soon undergo an array of site, building and utility modernization projects after a $255 million authorization was approved July 24 by the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners.
The Board's action is the latest in the agency's continuing program to
upgrade the airport's infrastructure to meet current operational needs
and future passenger growth.
The authorization for LaGuardia
infrastructure improvements will generate 1,500 jobs, $112 million in
wages and $364 million in economic activity for the region, with more
than 95 percent of the Port Authority's expenditures reimbursable in
federal passenger facility charges.
Read press release.
Cruise Terminal Expansion Approved for Bayonne
Rendering of Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in Bayonne, N.J.
The Port Authority
Board of Commissioners has approved plans by Royal Caribbean Cruise
Lines to build a new cruise terminal building at the Port
Authority-owned marine terminal facility in Bayonne - a major public
investment that will spur continued growth in the New Jersey cruise
As part of its expansion plans, Royal
Caribbean also agreed to base its new Quantum of the Seas vessel - the
largest cruise ship serving the New York-New Jersey region - at Bayonne
beginning in 2014. The new vessel, which can accommodate up to 4,180
passengers, will sail to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida and Bermuda.
The Port Authority acquired the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in June 2010 as part of its purchase of the 131-acre portion of the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne.
Taxiway Improvements Slated at Newark Liberty;
Project Designed to Reduce Flight Delays
Four new taxiways will help reduce airplane ground delays on Newark Liberty International Airport's
longest runway as part of a $97.3 million rehabilitation slated to
begin in early 2014, under a project authorized July 24 by the Port
Authority's Board of Commissioners.
Runway 4L-22R, which
measures 11,000 feet and handles about 200,000 flights annually, will
be overhauled with asphalt repaving, repairs to concrete sections, and
replacement of electrical and lighting systems. Crews last repaved the
runway in 2003 and it is now nearing the end of its useful life.
of the new taxiways will allow multiple planes to stage for departure
at the end of the runway, reducing takeoff delays, while the other new
taxiway will allow arriving planes to exit the runway faster and get to
the gates quicker.
Direct and indirect effects of this
project means creation of 510 jobs, $34 million in wages and $152
million in regional economic activity over the 16-month work period
from February 2014 to June 2015.
Ramp Improvement Project at Goethals to Provide
Direct Connections With US 1/9, I-278
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has authorized a $130
million construction project to complete the Goethals Bridge Interchange Ramps Project on the New Jersey side of the Goethals Bridge.
ramp will link Interstate 278 and U.S. Routes 1&9 and
significantly improve traffic safety, local roadway congestion and
traffic movement. It will result in more efficient traffic flows,
reduced vehicle travel and idling times, as well as reduced overall fuel
consumption and air pollution caused by vehicular traffic.
the existing partial interchange on the New Jersey side of the
Goethals Bridge does not provide direct connections from southbound
Routes 1&9 to eastbound I-278 or from westbound I-278 to northbound
The lack of connections force commuters to
utilize local roads, adding congestion on city streets in Elizabeth and
Linden and increasing travel time for commuters traveling over the
Goethals Bridge. When the project is complete, approximately 1,500 cars
and trucks will be removed from local city streets.