Press Release Article


Date: Jun 11, 2013
Press Release Number: 61-2013

Proactive Measures Lead to a 38 Percent Reduction Agency-wide Since 2000

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that motor vehicle crashes at its facilities decreased by four percent in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the agency’s recently released 2012 Traffic Crash Report. The report cites a total of 6,033 motor vehicle crashes reported at Port Authority facilities in 2012 compared to 6,295 crashes reported in 2011.

The motor vehicle crash rate reduction in 2012 reflects the Port Authority’s long-term commitment to reduce crashes at its tunnels, bridges, airports, and marine terminals. The Port Authority’s Traffic Safety Improvement Program (TSIP), which began in 1998, is a data-driven, systematic approach utilized to identify, prioritize, implement, and evaluate treatments for high hazard/high crash locations at Port Authority facilities. The TSIP helps the agency provide a safe roadway system for all users, while improving the measure of traffic flow, and reducing congestion and emissions caused by crashes. The program incorporates engineering, enforcement, and education components, and incorporates safety education and training, road safety audits, and speed studies.

Through the Port Authority’s Traffic Safety Improvement Program, the agency has implemented significant safety improvements at several of its high-crash locations. These safety improvements include enhanced overhead signs, detection systems for over-height vehicles, improved traffic merge patterns, new traffic signal equipment, and increased targeted police enforcement.

Since 2000, the number of motor vehicle crashes has decreased 38 percent overall at Port Authority facilities. This includes a 39 percent decrease at the agency’s tunnels and bridges, a 39 percent decrease at airports, and a 9 percent decrease at marine terminals. In addition, crashes at Port Authority facilities decreased four of the past five years. The crash reduction has translated into a savings of $548 million in comprehensive costs to the Port Authority and the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region.

“The Port Authority continues to be proactive to ensure the safety of the region’s travelers who use our airports, bridges and tunnels and marine facilities,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “We are committed to reducing hazards and risks and achieving the highest safety standards for all who use our facilities.”

“Our engineers and police officers are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the millions who use our facilities every day,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. “Their vigilance has paid dividends in crashes prevented and lives saved.”

One of the facilities with noticeable improvements is John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airport reported a six percent drop in motor vehicle crashes in 2012 compared to 2011. The agency has conducted numerous road safety projects at JFK, including a major safety upgrade at the Van Wyck Expressway exit to Federal Circle in response to a history of rear-end crashes.

The Port Authority’s report also highlights a significant decrease in motor vehicle crashes at the Holland Tunnel and its approaches. The agency implemented several traffic safety improvements, including the reconfiguration of pavement markings, installation of pedestrian countdown signals and tunnel visors on all traffic signal heads, and pedestrian signals activated through video detection. The number of crashes decreased at the Holland Tunnel by 8 percent in 2012.

CONTACT: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit