Date: Jan 02, 2014
Press Release Number: 1-2014
Extra personnel will be on duty at all PA facilities to handle what forecasters say could be heavy snow and blizzard conditions
The Port Authority is prepared to handle the first major winter snowstorm of 2014 that is expected to begin tomorrow and continue into Friday morning. The agency will deploy extra staff and has assembled snow equipment to handle what forecasters say could result in heavy snow and blizzard conditions at the Port Authority’s airports, tunnels, bridges, PATH system and seaport.
According to current forecasts, the New York-New Jersey region will see significant amounts of snow, with the heaviest amounts occurring Thursday night into Friday morning. The snow will be accompanied by high winds, which could cause whiteout conditions throughout the region.
In advance of the snow, the Port Authority will deploy extra personnel at all of its facilities, which is the normal course of operations during snow events. Port Authority staff will work around-the-clock in 12-hour shifts. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.
The Port Authority urges air and bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the airport or bus terminals to confirm whether their plane or bus will depart and scheduled departure times. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings if weather conditions warrant.
The Port Authority has the following snow equipment and supplies ready at its major transportation facilities:
• More than 200 pieces of snow equipment at its airports, including melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph;
• Approximately 60 pieces of snow equipment at its bridges and tunnels, including nearly two dozen plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest vehicular crossing;
• Thousands of tons of salt and sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus thousands of tons of salt for the bridges and tunnels;
• Hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus thousands of tons of solid de-icers, which break up snow and ice already on the ground;
• Plow-equipped trains, liquid snow-melting agent trains and a “jet engine” plow to remove snow from PATH tracks, and snow blowers, plows and spreaders to clear station entrances, roads that serve PATH’s 13 stations, and various support facilities; and
• Approximately 1,000 staff members and contractors with years of specialized training and professional experience in handling severe winter weather at transportation facilities.
For up-to-the-minute updates on Port Authority crossings, airports and the PATH system, travelers are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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 the Western Hemisphere. 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 raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.