Date: May 27, 2010
Press Release Number: 31-2010
The Port Authority is prepared to accommodate the nearly five million passengers expected to travel by air or car during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend - the traditional start of the summer travel season. The agency is taking a proactive approach to providing safe and customer-friendly services - including a new Welcome Center at Newark Liberty International Airport and similar facilities at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports.
More than 1.4 million customers are expected to use the agency’s airports over the holiday weekend - from Friday, May 28, through Tuesday, June 1. The bistate agency projects that approximately 2.4 percent more passengers will travel through the airports over the holiday weekend as compared with last year, when air travel was down significantly due to the national recession.
More than 640,000 passengers are expected to use JFK, up 1.2 percent from last year. Due to limited on-airport parking, passengers are encouraged to take AirTrain JFK from the Jamaica or Howard Beach stations to the airport terminals. Those who must drive to JFK should call 718 244-4080 for parking information or tune to airport radio at 1630 AM for parking updates.
At Newark Liberty International Airport, more than 460,000 passengers are expected, up 1.3 percent compared to last year. People traveling to and from the airport are advised to take AirTrain Newark, which links the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail services. Travelers who drive to Newark Airport can call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22 for up-to-date parking information or tune to 530 AM when near the airport.
An estimated 312,000 passengers will use LaGuardia Airport during the holiday weekend, up 6.8 percent from last year. Travelers who drive to LaGuardia should call 718 533-3850 for parking information.
Stewart International Airport is expected to accommodate more than 5,400 passengers during the holiday weekend, up 1 percent from last year. Parking rates and additional information about all of the airports can be found at www.panynj.info.
Passengers are invited to sign up for Airport Info Alerts at www.panynj.info. This free subscription service via PDA, cell phone, pager or computer notifies customers about weather delays, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain service delays.
Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals
Approximately 3.4 million travelers are expected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the holiday, about the same number as last year.
The Lincoln Tunnel Center Tube will be closed for a roadway improvement project from 1 a.m. Saturday, May 29, through early evening on Monday, May 31. Delays are expected, and travelers should use the Holland Tunnel or George Washington Bridge as an alternate route. No major construction projects are scheduled at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland Tunnel and the three Staten Island bridges during the holidays. For the most up-to-date information on construction, call the agency’s tunnels and bridges “Customer Connection” line at 800 221-9903 or visit the Port Authority’s Web site, www.panynj.info.
Between 10 p.m. Friday, May 28, and 6 a.m. Saturday, May 29, the Port Authority Police will operate Driving While Intoxicated checkpoints at the Holland Tunnel. Drivers will be subject to random inspection and police also will distribute literature on the dangers of drinking and driving.
Also, beginning Tuesday, June 1, the Lincoln Tunnel will provide an express access option for high-occupancy vehicles (three or more occupants) from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays. The HOV lane will provide an express trip to the toll plaza for cars carrying three or more passengers, but will charge full E-ZPass toll rates. Registered E-ZPass carpool customers can still take advantage of the Port Authority’s carpool discount by using any staffed toll lane.
At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, passenger traffic is expected to be heavier than normal, so customers are urged to allow extra travel time.
On Friday, May 28, PATH will operate extra trains as necessary for commuters leaving early for the long holiday weekend. On Monday, Memorial Day, PATH trains will run on a Sunday schedule. For more information, call 800 234-PATH.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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 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.