THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN 5 MILLION TRAVELERS DURING FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY PERIOD

Date: Jun 28, 2017
Press Release Number: 120-2017

Port Authority to provide parking discounts to accommodate travelers at JFK airport

The Port Authority projects that more than 5 million people will travel by air, car and rail at the agency’s transportation facilities during the upcoming Independence Day holiday week, traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the summer.

The Port Authority has taken 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.

To prepare for the upcoming holiday weekend, the Port Authority encourages all travelers to download Waze, a free crowdsourced traffic and navigation application. Information on lane closures, traffic incidents and other events will be available to commuters in real-time to ensure safe and efficient regional travel over the upcoming holiday.

Airports

Beginning Friday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4, the agency forecasts more than 2.3 million passengers will use the Port Authority's aviation facilities – a 2.3 percent increase from last year's Fourth of July holiday period.

An estimated 1.1 million passengers are expected to use John F. Kennedy International Airport. Travelers are encouraged to take advantage of AirTrain JFK, which connects all terminals with New York City subways and buses as well as the Long Island Rail Road.

Approximately 510,800 passengers are projected to travel through LaGuardia Airport. Given ongoing redevelopment-related construction, travelers to LaGuardia Airport should plan ahead and check www.laguardiaairport.com for tips and the latest information on parking, mass transit and ground transportation alternatives. At the airport, real-time shuttle bus arrival information for all routes (Blue, Green, Purple and Red) has been implemented at the terminal bus shelters. Also, monitors that provide information on New York City bus arrivals and taxi wait times have been installed throughout Terminal B to support travelers in exiting the airport.

Newark Liberty International Airport is forecast to handle approximately 694,700 travelers. An estimated 24,800 are project to fly out of Atlantic City International Airport and approximately 5,800 passengers will travel out of Stewart International Airport during the holiday period.

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 traveling through John F. Kennedy International Airport a variety of coupons for every full day spent in select parking lots. Passengers who park at JFK Airport's Orange Lot located near Terminal 7 will receive a $13 discount for every full day their vehicle is parked in the lot. Similarly, passengers who park at JFK’s Red Lot located near Terminal 8, will receive a discount of $15 for every full day their vehicle is parked in the lot. Also, passengers who park at JFK Airport’s long-term P9 lot can receive a discount of $4 for each full day spent. To print out a coupon please visit www.parkintheairport.com.

In addition, passengers are encouraged to sign up for airport information 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

Between July 1 and July 4, the Port Authority projects more than 2.5 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 8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 1, through 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, due to the holiday weekend.

To commemorate the day, the world's largest free-flying American flag will be flown at the George Washington Bridge on Tuesday, 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 540,000 travelers will use the PATH system during the holiday weekend period.

From Saturday, July 1, through Monday, July 3, PATH will operate on a normal schedule. On Tuesday, July 4, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule with additional service on the Journal Square to 33 Street via Hoboken line from 6 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for passengers traveling to the New York City fireworks display.

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.