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Growing the Region - News from the Port Authority of NY & NJ

Vol. 2, No. 7, October 2007

Port Authority Joined by a Broad Coalition in Opposing Flight Caps at JFK
Organizations representing airlines, passenger advocates, business and tourism groups joined The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in opposing the Federal Aviation Administration’s planned flight caps at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The FAA’s plans to simply cut flights to pre-1969 levels and limit travelers’ options would turn away nearly 3.4 million passengers from JFK each year.

Additionally, on October 24, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine sent a joint letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters opposing the imposition of flight caps at JFK. Click here for the full text of the Governors’ letter.

For additional information regarding Port Authority flight delay recommendations, click here.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Port Authority Announces Initiative that will Increase PATH Capacity by 20 Percent
The Port Authority recently announced that it will spend $1.3 billion to upgrade the aging PATH system to handle the growing regional demand for mass transit.

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners previously approved $809 million to replace PATH’s entire 340-car fleet. An additional $500 million will be used to increase capacity on the system by 20% through a significant increase in the number of train movements while improving on-time performance and efficiency.

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Mock up of a New
PATH PA-5 Rail Car

Port Authority Hires Real Estate Broker to Lease Remaining Office Space at Freedom Tower
At its October 18 meeting, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners approved a three-year agreement with Cushman & Wakefield Inc. to provide exclusive real estate brokerage and related services for 1 World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower.

Cushman & Wakefield will provide advisory services and assist Port Authority staff in marketing the Freedom Tower and negotiating leases. The brokerage firm will be responsible for leasing approximately 60 percent of the building’s office space, or 1.5 million gross square feet.

Major progress has been made during the past year, with more than 600 workers at The World Trade Center site each day. For additional information, visit WTCProgress.

Artist's rendering of One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower.

News Briefs
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is recruiting graduating students for high-profile public service trainee programs in Management, Engineering and Architecture. This is a great time to join the Port Authority and help build history-making projects for future generations. For more information, visit www.JointhePortAuthority.com.

Archived Growing the Region newsletters are now available in podcast format, beginning with the October 2007 issue No. 6.

In mid-September, American Airlines officially began to conduct all of its operations out of what is now known as Terminal 8 at Kennedy International Airport. For further details, visit Airport News.

Did You Know?
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is the proud owner of five facilities that have been designated as National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks: the PATH rail rapid transit system, Newark Liberty International Airport, the George Washington Bridge, the Bayonne Bridge and the Holland Tunnel.

Public Meetings
The next Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting will be held on November 15, 2007. To view minutes of previous board meetings, board actions, and related information click here.