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Vol. 9, No. 7 September 2014

Port Authority Observes Prostate Health Month
Continuing through September, the George Washington Bridge necklace is illuminated in blue in observance of National Prostate Health Month. 

For additional details, read press release.

Port Authority Board Approves Sale of Dyer Avenue Development Rights
The Port Authority Board on Sept. 17 approved a resolution to allow for the sale of transferable development rights above two Port Authority-owned lots on Dyer Ave. to Extell Acquisitions LLC to accommodate a planned residential real estate development in the heart of the Hudson Yards Development District and to create additional open space for the community.

For additional information, read press release.

Port Authority to Complete Runway Rehabilitation Project at Newark Liberty International Airport
The Port Authority on Saturday, Sept. 20, will begin the final 10-day phase of work to complete the rehabilitation of one of Newark Liberty's major runways -- a $97.3 million project creating more than 500 jobs and approximately $152 million in regional economic activity.  For additional information, read press release.


Did You Know? 


The Port Authority encourages customers traveling through Port Authority facilities to report suspicious activity to the Port Authority Police at 800-828-7273, or tell a Port Authority Police Officer.   


Safety and Security tips are also available on the Port Authority's website.  Click here to link to the web page. 


Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, October 22, at 225 Park Ave. South, New York City.  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 Details Port Authority Bus Terminal "Quality of Commute" Improvement Program 
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners at its meeting on September 17 received a detailed breakdown of key projects initiated by Port Authority staff as part of the agency's Port Authority Bus Terminal "Quality of Commute" Improvement program.  The Board authorized $90 million in capital funding at its board meeting in July to enhance the customer experience at the 64-year old terminal and improve passenger commutes.

The priority capital projects fit into two categories: improving on-time performance and customer service building improvements.  To improve on-time performance for bus carriers, staff is beginning work to build a bypass lane on the terminal ramp system for inbound bus traffic.  This will allow buses destined for the fourth level direct access, avoiding the queue for the third floor.  The bypass lane will improve service to the third and fourth levels, the two primary commuter levels.  The project is expected to be completed in 2015. 

Click here to view the Committee on Capital Planning, Execution and Asset Management Port Authority Bus Terminal Immediate Improvement presentation.

Read press release for additional details.

Port Authority Board Approves Major Redevelopment
Of Greenville Yard to Improve Cargo Movement

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners at its meeting on
  Cross Harbor Carfloat
September 17 approved a major redevelopment of Greenville Yard that will include a new ExpressRail facility -- the fourth of its type to be built by the agency -- that will support the adjacent Global Marine Terminal.  This will allow the terminal to ship and receive containerized cargo by rail, a capability that it lacks today.

The Board also approved a series of improvements to the cross-harbor carfloat system operated by NY-NJ Rail that moves freight more efficiently by both water and rail (as opposed to truck) between New Jersey and markets east of the Hudson River, including New York City and Long Island.

Click here to view a presentation of the Committee on Capital Planning, Execution and Asset Management of the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal - Redevelopment Program. 

Read press release for additional details.

Port Authority Renames Emergency Operations Center
In Honor of the Late Ernesto L. Butcher

The Port Authority announced on September 17 the renaming of its Emergency Operations Center in honor of dedicated and
  Ernesto L. Butcher
distinguished public servant, retired Chief Operating Office Ernesto L. Butcher, who passed away earlier this year.  The "Ernesto L. Butcher Emergency Operations Center" is a tribute to Mr. Butcher's legacy as a tireless public servant and exemplary leader. 

Ernesto Butcher's career at the Port Authority spanned more than 40 years.  He started at the Port Authority in 1971 as a Management Trainee and progressively rose through its ranks.  In 1999, Mr. Butcher was appointed the Port Authority's Chief Operating Officer, with broad responsibility for the agency's airports, ports, tunnels, bridges and terminals, and the PATH system, as well as security and public safety operations. 

Read press release for additional details.

Port Authority Board Continues Reform Initiatives
By Directing Preparation of Revised FOI Policy
In its continuing reform efforts, the Port Authority's Board on September 17 directed the preparation of a revised Freedom of Information policy to improve the flow of information to the public. 

At the suggestion of Port Authority Chairman John Degnan, the Board's Special Oversight Committee recommended to the full Board that it direct the Board Secretary, in consultation with the General Counsel, to develop a new Freedom of Information policy for consideration at its October 22 meeting.  The new policy would provide for the disclosure of Port Authority records to the same extent that comparable records would be disclosed in either of the states of New York and New Jersey.  Additionally, the new policy will include a two-tiered appeals process to allow anyone denied a record to appeal that decision to an agency review board and then to an independent, third-party arbitrator.

For additional information about actions the Board of Commissioners has taken since the committee's formation, click here to read press release.

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