Date: Apr 04, 2001
Press Release Number: 53-2001
The Port Authority is advising travelers to check parking availability by phone and by highway advisory radio, as construction of new parking facilities and better roadway access at Newark International Airport is moving into its final phase. Although two new parking garages with 6,600 spaces are due to open this fall, parking will be in short supply during upcoming peak travel periods.
Newark Airport General Manager Susan M. Baer advised travelers to arrive at the airport 30 minutes earlier than the time recommended by their airlines - and to consider being dropped off and picked up at the airline terminal, or to use public transportation when possible. Passengers can call 800 AIR-RIDE for a complete list of ground transportation alternatives.
Newark Airport customers who call 888 EWR-INFO and enter 22 can get real-time information about available parking in each of the airport\'s lots. Motorists driving to Newark Airport also can obtain detailed parking information by tuning to highway advisory radio at 530 AM, which can be received within one mile of the airport.
And customers can find information about parking on the airport\'s Web site, www.newarkairport.com. The Web site includes information about parking rates and locations, other transportation options to and from the airport, and nearby off-airport parking lots - which offer free shuttle service to the passenger terminals.
Increased demand for parking at Newark Airport, coupled with a massive construction program that soon will add thousands of new parking spaces, could lead to periodic shortages in some on-airport lots during peak travel periods, such as Spring Break, the Passover/Easter holidays and throughout the summer.
\"Unfortunately, for the time being our customers cannot assume that parking will be available in all lots at all times,\" Ms. Baer said. \"Fortunately, relief is in sight. Any inconvenience that might occur will be alleviated in the fall, when Newark Airport will open thousands of new spaces. Until then, we greatly appreciate the patience and cooperation of our customers.\"
The new parking spaces, in garages near Terminal C and Monorail Station E, are a key part of the Port Authority\'s $3.8 billion public-private redevelopment program at Newark Airport. The redevelopment program includes other major projects to relieve traffic congestion, such as new roads and a 1-mile extension of the airport\'s monorail system to the Monorail-Northeast Corridor Rail Station, which will connect to trains operated by Amtrak and NJ Transit.