Date: Dec 15, 2009
Press Release Number: 154-2009
The Port Authority announced today that, building upon the success of its www.wtcprogress.com home page, the agency will launch pages on both Flickr and YouTube in an ongoing effort to make the rebuilding progress more accessible to the public. Today's online launches coincide with the generation of a new video and new photos taken from the top of One World Trade Center, which now reaches the fifth-floor construction level.
While subscribers to the Port Authority's World Trade Center web site already have access to up-to-the-minute updates, milestone reports, picture slideshows and videos, the new social networking hubs will allow even more picture and video content to be disseminated to a much broader audience. The new online initiatives support the Port Authority's mission to provide transparent, timely information about construction at the World Trade Center, and will make images and videos more accessible to constituents throughout the region and the world.
The new multimedia additions will supplement the options that visitors to www.wtcpropgress.com already have, including the ability to subscribe to e-alerts. Subscribers get the latest updates about progress at the site sent to their respective cell phones, PDAs, and email addresses.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia said, "The World Trade Center rebuilding effort has a global following, and these sites provide more ways for more people - those in the neighborhood and around the world - to keep an eye on what's happening."
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, "This is one more tool to give the public a better understanding for all that is going on in that 16-acre site - our progress as well as our challenges, as we work every single day to rebuild the World Trade Center site."
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; 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.