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PORT AUTHORITY TO INSTALL PROTECTIVE BOLLARDS AT REGION’S THREE MAJOR AIRPORT TERMINALS

Date: Dec 07, 2010
Press Release Number: 91-2010

Expansion of Bollards Program Will Increase Security at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia Airports

Continuing to increase security at its facilities, the Port Authority today announced a $120.4 million project to install protective bollards in front of tenant airline terminals at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports.

The bollards will create hardened barriers to prevent vehicles from crashing into passenger terminals. They are designed to meet requirements derived from security assessments and specifications provided by the federal government.

Security bollards previously were installed in front of the Port Authority-operated Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia and Terminal B at Newark Liberty, as well as at LaGuardia’s Marine Air Terminal. Those projects cost approximately $38 million.

Today’s initiative will provide bollards at the remaining airline terminals at all three airports. While the design specifications are confidential, the project will provide for the safe and secure operations of Port Authority facilities for travelers and airport employees.

The cost of this project will be recovered through passenger facility charges.

Overall, including the 2011 budget, the Port Authority has spent or committed nearly $6 billion to security and operational costs since 9/11.

“Protecting our customers and employees is the Port Authority’s highest priority,’’ said Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia. “Completing installation of the bollards at all of our airport terminals will help meet this goal.’’

“The safety of our customers is the Port Authority’s highest priority, which is why we have committed nearly $6 billion since 9/11 upgrading the security systems at our facilities,” said Chris Ward, the bistate agency’s executive director. “This protective bollards program is one important example of that effort.”

“Installation of the bollards at our airports’ tenant terminals is an important next step in meeting the ongoing security needs at our airports,’’ said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. “We continue to cooperate with our federal security partners to safeguard these facilities.’’

CONTACT:

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Ron Marsico, 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; the Port Authority-Port Jersey 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. The Port Authority is self-sufficient and receives no tax revenues from either state.