Date: Dec 22, 2011
Press Release Number: 159-2011
Agency to Deploy Extra Staff to Make Sure Customers Have Safe, Efficient Holiday Travel Experience
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is prepared to handle the more than 11 million travelers who will use its airports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. The agency will deploy extra staff at its crossings, airports and PATH system to ensure customers have a safe, efficient trip to their holiday destinations.
More than 4.2 million passengers are expected to use the Port Authority’s three major airports through the holidays, with about 1.9 million travelers expected at JFK International, 1.3 million at Newark Liberty International, and 915,000 at LaGuardia Airport. Stewart International Airport expects about 16,700 passengers.
In addition, an estimated 5.6 million vehicles are expected to use the Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels between December 23 and January 1. At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, passenger traffic is expected to be heavier than normal, so customers are urged to allow extra travel time. To speed travelers’ trips through the crossings during holiday periods, the Port Authority urges customers to sign up for E-ZPass to avoid waiting in lines to pay cash.
Approximately 1.4 million travelers will use PATH during the holiday period. PATH will operate on a holiday/Saturday schedule on Christmas and New Year’s Day, and will provide extra service on New Year’s Eve.
At its four major airports, the Port Authority encourages air travelers to use mass transit to travel to and from the airport to avoid crowded roads and parking lots.
AirTrain JFK connects to New York City mass transit via stations at Jamaica and Howard Beach. More information is available by calling 877 JFK-AirTrain (535-2478). Travelers who must drive to the airport can call 718 244-4080 for parking information or tune in to airport radio 1630 AM for parking updates.
AirTrain Newark connects to Amtrak and NJ Transit via the Northeast Corridor rail line. More information is available by calling 888 EWR-INFO (397-4636), which also offers Newark Airport parking information. Travelers also can tune radios to 530 AM when approaching the airport.
More information on AirTrain and other public transportation alternatives is available by calling 800 AIR-RIDE (247-7433). Airport information also is available at www.newarkairport.com, www.kennedyairport.com and www.laguardiaairport.com. Air travelers should check their flight’s status before leaving for the airport, and should allow extra time for heavy holiday road traffic.
For the Transportation Security Administration’s travel tips, including pointers on packing and dressing to help pass through checkpoints more quickly, visit www.tsa.gov.
On the PATH system, PATH will operate a regular Saturday schedule on New Year’s Eve, with frequent service after midnight to accommodate passengers returning from events in New York City. Train service on the Journal Square-to-33rd Street line via Hoboken will operate every 10 minutes after midnight. Service between Newark and the World Trade Center will operate every 15 minutes. As a reminder for the holiday season, alcohol is not permitted on PATH trains. In addition, the new PATH Web site has launched with an interactive map that allows easy travel planning.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Sara Beth Joren, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, 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.