Press Release Article


Date: Feb 28, 2003
Press Release Number: 24-2003

Veteran Port Authority employee Kirby King – Assistant Program Director for the agency’s AirTrain JFK project since 1996 – has been named Deputy Director of the PATH rapid-transit system, PATH Director/General Manager Michael P. DePallo announced today.

Mr. King, a West Orange, N.J., resident, will succeed Victoria Cross Kelly, who was named Deputy Director of the agency’s Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Department. Mr. King will begin his new position on March 3.

In his new position, Mr. King will share with the director principal responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the rapid-transit system, which carries approximately 170,000 daily passengers between New York and New Jersey. He also will help manage PATH’s multi-billion dollar capital program, which includes restoration of service to the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations, rehabilitation or replacement of PATH’s car fleet and installation of a regional fare collection system.

Mr. DePallo said, \"Kirby has an outstanding record of achievement at the Port Authority. He possesses strong engineering and project management skills and has an ongoing record of success working on complex projects at nearly every line department. His skills will be welcomed as we move ahead with our plans to rebuild and rehabilitate the PATH system.\"

Mr. King began his Port Authority career in December 1982 as an assistant engineer, working on issues involving the Holland Tunnel’s ventilation system. He subsequently served as an engineer on high-profile projects in the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals, Aviation, and World Trade Departments, as well as the PATH system.

In November 1996, he was named assistant program director of the New York Airport Access Program, managing the day-to-day activities for the implementation of the $1.9 billion, 8.1-mile light-rail system connecting John F. Kennedy International Airport with New York City subways and bus lines, and the Long Island Railroad.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.