Press Release Article


Date: Dec 18, 2009
Press Release Number: 156-2009

With the winter season’s first major snowstorm expected tomorrow, the Port Authority has prepared a large amount of snow-fighting equipment to handle whatever conditions develop at its airports, seaports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system.

Forecasts call for snow to begin by late morning on Saturday and continue into Sunday. Some parts of the New York-New Jersey region could get a foot of snow.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “We’re working hard to make sure travelers get to their holiday destinations safely and on time. We've invested in the most state-of-the-art snow fighting equipment to give our operations staff the tools they need to battle the upcoming winter weather.”

 Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “Our professional staff is geared up and ready to go this weekend. When snow is in the forecast, our mission is clear. We must make sure that our tunnels, bridges and rail system continue to operate safely and efficiently.”

When snow is in the forecast, the Port Authority has extra personnel on duty at all of its facilities. During the most severe storms, staff work around the clock in 12-hour shifts. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

The Port Authority’s winter weather arsenal features:

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.