THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO SERVE MORE THAN 4.3 MILLION TRAVELERS DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Date: Sep 02, 2015
Press Release Number: 127-2015

Agency taking proactive steps to ensure safe traveling experience

The Port Authority is prepared to serve more than 4.3 million travelers anticipated to use the agency's airports, bridges, tunnels, terminals and PATH rail system during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The agency will take proactive measures to ensure travelers have a safe and customer-friendly experience while using Port Authority facilities across the region.

At the Port Authority's airports, the agency will deploy Customer Care Representatives throughout the holiday weekend to assist travelers and answer questions.

For travelers using John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports, the Port Authority also will provide $5 off every $50 spent on long-term parking through September 3. Coupons, reservations, availability, along with other information about official airport parking, can be found on the Port Authority’s website -- www.panynj.gov. Travelers planning to park at LaGuardia Airport should allow extra time since some lots may be full.

For alerts on airport weather delays, parking lot capacity and AirTrain Service advisories, passengers can sign up for Airport Info-Alerts at www.panynj.info. The free subscription service sends notifications to users' PDAs, cell phones, pagers or PCs.

Airline passengers also are urged to check the latest federal rules and regulations before arriving at the airports to ensure easier travel. Numerous travel resources may be found at www.tsa.gov and www.cbp.gov.

At the Port Authority’s tunnels and bridges, the agency will have a full complement of toll collectors on duty to expedite travel through the crossings.

In addition, construction on the Bayonne Bridge will be suspended from 5 a.m. Friday, September 4, through 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 8. The Bayonne Bridge shuttle service will operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 4-6, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Construction work requiring lane closures at the other Port Authority crossings also will be suspended for the holiday weekend.

For those traveling from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the agency urges those using long-distance carriers to purchase tickets online or in advance to avoid last-minute lines that may develop. In addition, the agency urges travelers to allow extra time given the expected number of passengers expected to use the facility at the start of the three-day weekend on Friday afternoon.

The Port Authority also reminds bus terminal customers that on Tuesday, September 8, the facility will change the gate assignments for departing buses used by approximately 30 percent of weekday passengers. The gate realignment is part of the "Quality of Commute" initiative intended to help reduce crowding and improve the flow of buses throughout the busy facility during the afternoon and evening commute. Commuters can visit www.panynj.gov/PABTgates to learn whether bus route’s gate will change, and to identify their new gate assignment.

Travelers also are reminded that the George Washington Bridge Bus Station operations have been shifted to temporary trailers adjacent to the facility due to ongoing construction.

To receive alerts on bridge and tunnel incidents and delays, passengers are encouraged to sign up for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at www.panynj.info.

Travelers receive notifications through this free subscription service on their cell phones, PDAs, pagers or email accounts and can customize the information they receive.

PATH will provide additional service as necessary on Friday, September 4, prior to the evening rush hour, for customers departing early for the holiday weekend. Normal weekend service will be provided on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6. On Labor Day, September 7, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Riders are encouraged to allow extra travel time and check for weekend schedule changes which are posted on the Port Authority website, PATHAlerts and Twitter, and are also available on the Toll Free Information Line: 1-800-234-PATH (7284).

Of the approximately 4.3 million travelers this holiday weekend, more than 1.72 million travelers are expected at the Port Authority's airports. This represents a gain of 1.1 percent or 18,103 more passengers compared to the same period last year. During the Labor Day weekend, approximately 792,000 passengers are expected at John F. Kennedy International Airport, approximately 474,000 passengers are forecast to use Newark Liberty International Airport, approximately 336,000 travelers are projected to use LaGuardia Airport, approximately 18,000 travelers will pass through Atlantic City International Airport, and approximately 4,300 are projected to use Stewart International Airport.

At the tunnels and bridges, the Port Authority projects more than 2.6 million vehicles will cross its four interstate bridges and two tunnels.

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 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.