Port Authority Studies & Reports

The Port Authority conducts and makes public a wide variety of studies and reports on issues that affect the region.

Current Studies

JFK Runway 4R/22L and Associated Taxiways Documented Categorical Exclusion/Record of Decision

Runway 4R/22L at JFK was reconstructed and widened to 200 feet in 2002, and is now in need of rehabilitation. Taxiways E and Z, entry taxiways to RW 4R/22L, exhibit similar pavement wear and must also be rehabilitated. This project is eligible for a Documented Categorical Exclusion according to FAA Environmental Orders 1050.1F and 5050.4B implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.

Trans-Hudson Commuting Capacity Study, September 2016

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioned an evaluation of available strategies to meet and manage trans-Hudson commuter demand over the next 30 years. The agency’s Board of Commissioners called for this analysis to help inform its deliberations on planning concepts for a replacement Port Authority Bus Terminal.  A study team led by WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff worked with Port Authority staff to evaluate strategies for upgrading the capacity and performance of the interstate bus system, and to assess the extent to which a multi-modal range of bistate transit improvements, if successfully implemented, could reduce the 2040 forecast growth in PABT passenger demand. The study team’s Summary Report provides an overview of its findings and recommendations. The appendices include the detailed assessments of the interstate bus network, emerging technologies for enhancing bus operations and commuter information, other trans-Hudson transit modes, potential for wider adoption of flexible workplace schedules to reduce peak-hour demand, as well as insights from an expert workshop convened to inform the study.

JFK TWA Flight Center Hotel

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, has completed a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and DOT Section 4(f) Evaluation for the TWA Flight Center Hotel Project. On August 29, 2016, the FAA issued its determination on the EA in the form of a Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD).  The Final EA, DOT Section 4(f) Evaluation, and FONSI/ROD documents are available through the link above.

LGA CTB Redevelopment Program (December 30, 2015)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, FAA Orders 1050.1F and 5050.4B, has completed a Technical Report examining design changes to the Central Terminal Building Redevelopment Program at LaGuardia Airport, Flushing, New York since the issuance of a Final Environmental Assessment and FAA's Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) on December 11, 2014. On December 30, 2015, the FAA issued its updated determination in the form of a Written Re-Evaluation/Record of Decision. The Written Re-Evaluation/Record of Decision and Technical Report documents are available through the link above.

LGA CTB Redevelopment Program (December 10, 2014)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, FAA Orders 1050.1E and 5050.4B, has completed a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Central Terminal Building Redevelopment Program at LaGuardia Airport, Flushing, New York. On December 11, 2014, the FAA issued its determination on the EA in the form of a Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD).  Final EA and FONSI/ROD documents are available through the link above.

John F. Kennedy International Airport
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, FAA Orders 1050.1E and 5050.4B, has completed a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Runway 4L/22R Improvements Project at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York. On March 10, 2014, the FAA issued its determination on the EA in the form of a Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD).  Final EA and FONSI/ROD documents are available through the link above. 

Newark Liberty International Airport
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, FAA Orders 1050.1E and 5050.4B, has completed a Final Short Form Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Infrastructure Renewal – Electrical Distribution Project at Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ.   On January 13, 2015, the FAA issued its determination on the EA in the form of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).  Final EA and FONSI documents are available through the link above.

JFK Air Cargo Study
As the second largest employer in Queens, employing 58,000 people and contributing $3.5 billion in wages annually, John F. Kennedy International Airport is a key factor in the economic growth of New York City. Along with its surrounding communities, it represents the seventh largest cargo airport in the country, having shipped and received over 1.3 million tons of cargo in 2012. Over 15,000 people at JFK work directly in air cargo related jobs. Regionally, the air cargo industry supports over 50,000 jobs, $3.5 billion in wages and $10 billion in economic activity.

These factors demonstrate the significant impact the JFK air cargo community has had in Queens and its neighboring boroughs. NYCEDC partnered with the Port Authority to study the air cargo industry and plan for its future at JFK. The JFK Air Cargo Study aimed to address cargo and logistics business needs and concerns related to facilities, infrastructure, access, and business development. The study produced an action plan designed to ensure that future development accommodates growth in cargo tonnage.

Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance
Along with the Army Corps of Engineers, we're looking to find the best, most cost-effective solution to address the Bayonne Bridge's clearance problem.

Goethals Bridge
As part of the Port Authority's efforts to build a new Goethals Bridge, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed project.

The Economic Impact of the New York-New Jersey Port/Maritime Industry

Cross Harbor Freight Project
As part of the Port Authority Regional Goods Movement Improvement Program, this project conducts an Environmental Impact Statement for the Cross Harbor Freight Movement Project (CHFMP) and is authorized to spend $100 in federal funds that have been earmarked for the PA's use for CHFMP-related freight studies or investments.

Lower Manhattan-Jamaica-JFK Transit Link Alternative Analysis
Estimates ridership level attributable to the Lower Manhattan-JFK one-seat-ride service, including draft analysis that includes capital and operating cost estimates and ridership projections.

Regional Goods Movement Program (G-MAP)
A regional freight planning partnership among PANYNJ and the NJ and NYS departments of transportation has yielded a comprehensive long-term regional goods movement program for the New York/New Jersey region. The Goods Movement Action Program, dubbed G-MAP, outlines a comprehensive agenda of operational, regulatory, and investment priorities that can assure more efficient and sustainable performance of essential goods movement to support regional trade, commerce and consumer needs. A summary of the G-MAP program, its priority objectives and strategies is available here.

G-MAP Brochure

Regional Passenger Ferry Study
This study will identify how regional passenger ferry service is currently funded, what role ferry transportation plays in the regional transportation network, the public and private sector roles in ferry transportation, and what funding and financing options are available for ferries.

West of Hudson Regional Transit Access Study (WHRTAS)
The MTA Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) in partnership with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) and in cooperation with New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and New Jersey Transit (NJT) has initiated a planning study to identify and assess transit solutions to improve mobility and accessibility in the West of Hudson region and to Stewart International Airport from the surrounding regions, Lower Hudson Valley and New York City.

Past Studies & Reports

Lincoln Tunnel HOT Lane Feasibility Study
A long-term planning exercise to evaluate alternative concepts for improved bus reliability and capacity into New York City's midtown area and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

The Economic Impact of World Trade Center Redevelopment, March 2009
Estimates the direct and indirect jobs, wages and total economic activity that will be generated by the construction and development of the World Trade Center.

Regional Economy Report, August 2008
Provides an overview of the regional economy, including employment analysis, consumer markets, construction and real estate markets, and facility-specific demand forecasts.

The Economic Impact of the Aviation Industry on the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Region, October 2005
Analyzes the economic impact of air cargo and passenger flow to the New York/ New Jersey economy.

The Economic Impact of the New York-New Jersey Port Industry, 2008
Discusses the economic effects of marine cargo flows on the region.



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