THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

Press Release Article


PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED FOR JULY 4 HOLIDAY TRAVEL

Date: Jul 01, 2010
Press Release Number: 46-2010

The Port Authority is prepared to handle millions of travelers moving through its airports, bridges, tunnels, terminals and PATH rapid-transit system this Independence Day weekend - one of the summer's busiest travel periods.


Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)

PATH will provide additional service as needed on Friday, July 2, to accommodate passengers leaving work early for the holiday weekend.

On Sunday, July 4, PATH will operate on a regular Sunday schedule with some augmentations. To accommodate those who plan to attend this year's Macy's fireworks display in the Hudson River, the Port Authority also will provide extended, more frequent evening PATH service.  PATH trains will operate every ten minutes on the Journal Square-to-33rd Street-via-Hoboken line between 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.  Also, additional passenger information agents will be at Hoboken, 33rd Street and Exchange Place during the evening hours to assist customers.

PATH will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 5.

For more information, call 800-234-PATH. To receive electronic notifications of train delays (15 minutes or greater) and PATH service changes, visit www.panynj.info and sign up for PATH alerts.


Airports

From Tuesday, June 29, through Sunday, July 4, almost 1.9 million travelers are expected to pass through the agency's airports.

This year, 874,000 passengers are anticipated at John F. Kennedy International Airport. To ensure arriving at the airport on time and to ease highway congestion, travelers are encouraged to take advantage of AirTrain JFK, which links to the New York City subway system and the Long Island Rail Road. For those who are driving, call 718 244-4080 or listen to the airport's radio at 1630 AM for parking information and updates.

Newark Liberty International Airport is estimating 622,000 travelers will pass through its facilities. Using AirTrain Newark, which links the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail service, is the best way to reach the airport this weekend. Drivers should tune to 530 AM or call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22 for timely parking information.

Approximately 394,000 travelers will fly to their holiday destinations through LaGuardia Airport. Those arriving by car should call 718 533-3850 for parking information.

More than 7,300 passengers will use Stewart International Airport. For parking information, travelers should call 845 567-0048.

Visit www.panynj.info for parking rates, ground transportation information, flight delays, terminal maps and other frequently asked questions about Port Authority airports.

For alerts on airport weather delays, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain service advisories, passengers are encouraged to sign up for Airport Info-Alerts at www.panynj.info. This free subscription service sends notifications straight to users' PDAs, cell phones, pagers, and computers.

Passengers also are urged to contact their carrier before arriving at the airport and to research the latest federal rules and regulations to ensure pleasant and hassle-free travel. Numerous travel resources can be found at www.tsa.gov and www.cbp.gov.


Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals

The Port Authority projects that approximately 2.6 million vehicles will cross its four interstate bridges and two tunnels from July 2 to July 5.

To relieve congestion and reduce carbon emissions, commuters are encouraged to use mass transit whenever possible. Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time and anticipate longer lines than usual. Call 800 221-9903 for more information.

To receive alerts on bridge and tunnel incidents and delays, passengers are encouraged to sign up for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at www.panynj.info. Travelers receive notifications through this free subscription service on their cell phones, PDAs, pagers, or e-mail accounts and can customize the information they receive.


CONTACT:

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Jennifer Friedberg  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.