THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO HANDLE JULY 4 HOLIDAY TRAVELERS

Date: Jun 27, 2003
Press Release Number: 92-2003

PATH’s New Exchange Place Station Opens In Time For America’s Birthday Celebration


The Port Authority is ready to handle the millions of travelers expected to use the agency’s airports, bridges, tunnels and the PATH system during the Independence Day holiday – one of the busiest travel times of the summer.

Holiday travelers will be able to use PATH’s Exchange Place Station for the first time in nearly two years. The station, which had been closed since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, will reopen on June 29. Passengers who use the station can connect with convenient ferry service to get to and from downtown Manhattan.

\"The restoration of service at our Exchange Place Station in time for the July 4th holiday is another sign that this agency, the region and the country are making a strong recovery from the tragic events of September 11,\" said Ernesto Butcher, Chief Operating Officer for the Port Authority.

Mr. Butcher offered this advice for holiday travelers: \"Leave early. Whether you are traveling by airline or automobile, allow extra time to accommodate increased airport security, possible parking shortages and traffic congestion that may occur at our bridges and tunnels. In addition, we strongly suggest that you use mass transportation whenever possible.\"

Airports

Nearly 1.5 million passengers are expected to travel thorough John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports during the six-day holiday period. Airport parking lots are expected to fill quickly during the busy weekend and travelers are encouraged to use mass transit whenever possible for transportation to and from airports.

Passengers and people meeting flights at Kennedy International Airport’s Terminals 8 and 9 may experience congestion and possible parking shortages due to terminal construction. It will be necessary to allow extra time to arrive at terminals and consider alternate parking in the long-term lot. For the latest information on parking conditions at JFK, travelers can call 718 244-4444 or tune radios to 1630 AM when approaching the airport.

Passengers using Newark Liberty International Airport also should consider using AirTrain Newark. For information about AirTrain Newark and other transportation options to the region’s three major airports, call 800 AIR-RIDE. For Newark Airport parking information, call 888 EWR-INFO and select 22, or tune radios to 530 AM when approaching the airport. For LaGuardia Airport parking information, call 718 533-3400.

Information also is available online for all airports at www.newarkairport.com, www.kennedyairport.com and www.laguardiaairport.com.

During the six-day travel period – Wednesday, July 2, through Monday July 7 – about 591,000 passengers will use John F. Kennedy International Airport, 540,000 passengers will use Newark Liberty International Airport, and 384,000 passengers will use LaGuardia Airport. This compares to last year’s passenger volumes of 582,000 at JFK, 537,000 at Newark Liberty International, and 384,000 at LaGuardia.

Air travelers should check with their airlines before leaving for the airport and arrive 30 minutes earlier than recommended by the airline.

Tunnel, Bridges and Bus Terminals

About 3.9 million vehicles are projected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the six-day holiday period. Travelers are urged to use mass transit and travel during off-peak hours whenever possible. The Port Authority will suspend construction projects beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, until 6 a.m. Monday, July 7. Traffic advisories are available online at www.panynj.gov. Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, as lines may be longer than normal due to higher passenger volumes. For more information, call 800 221-9903, 24 hours a day.

PATH

PATH will provide extra service on Thursday, July 3, to accommodate commuters leaving work early for the holiday weekend. During the weekend, PATH will operate a modified holiday schedule with extra trains operating on July 4 for travelers coming to New York City to enjoy the annual fireworks display.

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.