THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

Press Release Article


E-ZPASS PLUS DEBUTS AT LAGUARDIA AIRPORT

Date: Jul 23, 2003
Press Release Number: 98-2003

System Already a Success at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Coming to Newark Liberty International Airport Later This Year


E-ZPass Plus, which allows E-ZPass customers to pay for non-toll transactions, is now available for travelers who park at LaGuardia Airport, the second of three Port Authority airports that will feature this convenient, innovative service in 2003.

The new service, which uses existing E-ZPass accounts, allows customers to pay for parking with E-ZPass and speed their exit leaving the lots. The $30 million initiative at the three airports, now in use in all parking lots at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports, will expand to include parking lots at Newark Liberty International Airport later this year.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"E-ZPass Plus is easy to use, efficient, and – best of all – it saves time. Our investment in this program pays dividends in the best possible way: as a direct benefit to our customers. We’ve seen success at JFK, and are working closely with officials in New Jersey to ensure a smooth transition for their customers when the service is offered at Newark Liberty International Airport later this year.\"

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, \"While E-ZPass Plus represents just a tiny fraction of the billions of dollars we have invested in our airports, it has become an invaluable tool for our customers, who save time whenever they use this innovative service.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"Our multibillion-dollar airport redevelopment program, which includes many customer-friendly initiatives such as E-ZPass Plus, has delivered numerous improvements such as new and rebuilt terminals, improved roadways, parking garages, more efficient runways and taxiways, AirTrain Newark and the soon-to-come AirTrain JFK.\"

E-ZPass Plus already is a hit at Kennedy Airport, where more than 350,000 parking lot customers have used the service since it was first offered in January. When the project is complete later this year, E-ZPass Plus will be available at 59 of the 82 exit lanes in all public parking lots at the three airports.

E-ZPass Plus is available to customers at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports who have established E-ZPass accounts with the Port Authority, MTA Bridges and Tunnels, or the New York State Thruway Authority, and who replenish their accounts with a credit card. Customers with E-ZPass accounts established with the New Jersey E-ZPass service center will be able to use E-ZPass Plus for all airport parking later this year, including parking at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The Port Authority is implementing the project in coordination with other capital investments at the airports. By phasing in the project, the agency is able to coordinate construction schedules and minimize disruption to its customers.

Using E-ZPass Plus is simple. Eligible E-ZPass customers take tickets as usual when entering an airport parking lot. When ready to exit, those customers can use any lane with the purple E-ZPass Plus sign overhead, insert the parking ticket into the electronic reader at the cashier booth, and exit when the gate goes up. Account statements will reflect all parking charges. Receipts are available at the cashier’s booth upon request. Parking fees of less than $20 will be deducted from E-ZPass account balances, while charges of $20 or more will be charged directly to the credit cards used to establish the E-ZPass accounts.

Individual E-ZPass account holders who replenish their accounts with a credit card are automatically enrolled to use E-ZPass Plus. Prepaid and commercial account holders must contact the E-ZPass Service Center (800 333-8655) to activate E-ZPass Plus on their accounts.

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.