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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO SERVE 7 MILLION TRAVELERS DURING JULY 4 HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Date: Jun 29, 2015
Press Release Number: 94-2015

Port Authority to provide parking discounts this week to accommodate travelers at JFK and Newark Liberty airports

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is projecting that more than 7 million people will travel by air, car and rail at its facilities during the upcoming Independence Day holiday week, traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the summer. The Port Authority will take proactive measures to ensure that travelers have a safe and enjoyable experience while using the agency's facilities. Customer assistance will be provided by Port Authority staff through website alerts, Twitter updates, online parking reservations and customer care representatives at the airports.

Airports

Beginning Tuesday, June 30, through Sunday, July 5, the agency forecasts more than 2 million passengers will use the Port Authority's aviation facilities - a 2.8 percent increase from last year's Fourth of July holiday period.

An estimated 1,035,000 passengers are expected to travel using John F. Kennedy International Airport. Travelers are encouraged to take advantage of AirTrain JFK, which connects all terminals with New York City Transit subways and buses and the Long Island Rail Road.

There will be approximately 458,000 passengers traveling through LaGuardia Airport. The Port Authority suggests those driving to the airport allow extra travel time due to limited parking.

Newark Liberty International Airport is projected to handle approximately 606,000 travelers. An estimated 4,880 passengers will travel out of Stewart International Airport during the holiday period. Atlantic City International Airport anticipates approximately 22,000 travelers during the holiday weekend.

Travelers driving to John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty or Stewart airports can call ahead at 888 250-8277 for general parking information or visit www.parkintheairport.com to obtain parking rates and information, check on space availability, reserve a parking space or learn about summer parking promotions in selected parking lots.

The Port Authority is providing passengers planning to travel through John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport a $2 off coupon for every $18 spent on long-term parking. Passengers who park at JFK Airport's Red Garage located near Terminal 8 will receive a discount of $45 for every five full days and $4 off each day at Newark Liberty daily parking lots (P1 & P3) for every full day spent. To print out a coupon please visit www.parkintheairport.com.

In addition, passengers are encouraged to sign up for Airport Info Alerts at www.airportinfoalerts.com. This free, mobile subscription service also notifies customers about weather delays, parking lot capacities and AirTrain service delays.

Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals

From July 1 through July 6, the Port Authority projects that 3.9 million vehicles will cross the agency's six bridges and tunnels. With traffic volume expected to be higher than usual, motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination. A full complement of toll collectors will be available to speed the flow of traffic through the toll plazas.

The Bayonne Bridge will remain open from 5 a.m. Thursday, July 2, through 9 a.m. Monday, July 6, to minimize impacts for holiday travelers. During the holiday weekend, the Bayonne Bridge shuttle bus will operate on the following schedule: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

To commemorate the day, the world's largest free-flying American flag will be flown at the George Washington Bridge on Saturday, July 4.

To minimize congestion, 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.

For real-time travel alerts, commuters are encouraged to register for Port Authority alerts at www.paalerts.com.

PATH

The Port Authority is projecting approximately 1,103,770 travelers will use the PATH system during the holiday weekend period.

From Wednesday, July 1 through Friday July 3, PATH will operate on a normal weekday schedule. PATH will operate additional trains as needed on Thursday, July 2, to assist commuters leaving early for the holiday weekend. On Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, PATH will operate on normal weekend schedules.

For up-to-date service information, riders are encouraged to follow PATHAlerts on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PATHAlerts. Riders also can sign up for alerts through www.PATHAlerts.com for up-to-date bulletins on service changes.

Contact:
The 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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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.