Press Release Article


Date: May 04, 2009
Press Release Number: 51-2009

The Port Authority today released a report detailing the progress it has made through the first quarter of 2009 to achieve rebuilding milestones at the World Trade Center site and looking ahead to milestones for the second quarter. Milestones for the first quarter included a contract award for 22,000 tons of steel for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the installation of more than half of the 4,550 pieces of steel for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and the start of construction on the Vehicle Security Center.

The report, which can be found at said that seven of the eight major milestones have been completed on schedule. The remaining milestone - the completion of pavilion/spot network footings that will support the Memorial’s Pavilion - was completed on April 24th. The report outlines 20 more milestones for the next quarter.

The first quarter of 2009 also saw the signing of the first least for One World Trade Center with Vantone Industrial Co. to create the China Center, a 190,810-square-foot business and cultural facility.

The major milestones were established as part of the World Trade Center Assessment, a comprehensive review of all of the major public projects on the World Trade Center site. It was released last October. The Port Authority has since been issuing quarterly reports to update the public on the rebuilding progress.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Today’s report is in keeping with the Port Authority’s commitment to be transparent and accountable in the rebuilding effort. As the report shows, we’ve made significant progress on the site’s public projects in the last three months. We’ll continue to work hard in tackling the challenges in the days ahead.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “This report shows tangible progress being made on all of the public projects throughout the site. But we have many more milestones to hit, and we must continue working aggressively to meet every single one of them.”

The major milestones achieved by the Port Authority are:

World Trade Center Transportation Hub:
National September 11 Memorial & Museum:
Vehicle Security Center and Tour Bus Parking Facility:
One World Trade Center:
Greenwich Street:

In addition to meeting these construction milestones, in the past quarter the Port Authority also achieved the following:

Prospective, 2nd Quarter 2009 milestones:

World Trade Center Transportation Hub
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

One World Trade Center

World Trade Center Vehicle Security Center and Tour Bus Parking Facility

Greenwich Street

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Candace McAdams or Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.