THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

Press Release Article


PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR 3.5 MILLION TRAVELERS DURING EXTENDED LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Date: Aug 30, 2004
Press Release Number: 107-2004

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey expects 3.5 million travelers to use its three major airports, tunnels and bridges, bus terminals and the PATH rapid-transit rail system on the unofficial end-of-summer weekend – Friday, September 3, through Tuesday,
September 7.

“The Port Authority is ready to facilitate the fast and safe passage of millions of travelers who will take to the roads and skies to mark the unofficial end of summer,” said Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher.

Mr. Butcher advises travelers to exercise patience and allow extra time to get to their destinations during the holiday weekend.


Airports

The number of travelers using the region’s three major airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia – is expected to increase by 9 percent over last year’s holiday weekend, to 1.2 million passengers.

“An increase in the number of air travelers could limit available parking at the airports,” Mr. Butcher said. “We ask travelers to consider using AirTrain JFK, AirTrain Newark, other mass transit options, licensed taxis or limousines, or have family or a friend
drive them.”

About 552,000 travelers are expected to use Kennedy Airport during the holiday weekend – a 15.4 percent increase over the 477,760 travelers last year. This increase in air travelers, coupled with construction in JFK’s long-term parking lot, may cause a parking shortage. Travelers who must drive to Kennedy Airport should call 718-244-4444 for parking information.

About 425,000 passengers are expected to use Newark Liberty International Airport during the Labor Day weekend – a 4.5 percent increase from the 407,180 passengers who used the airport last year. Travelers may have difficulty finding parking and are urged to call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22 for up-to-date parking information.

LaGuardia Airport is expected to handle about 300,000 passengers during the holiday weekend – a 4.6 percent increase over the 286,880 passengers last year. Parking also may be hard to find at LaGuardia Airport. For the most current parking information, travelers can call 718 533-3400.

For information about transportation to and from Port Authority airports, travelers can call 800 AIR-RIDE or visit the Port Authority Web site – www.panynj.gov. Travelers should check the status of their flights with their airlines before leaving home, and allow extra time to check in. The Port Authority continues to operate at a heightened level of security at all of its facilities, as it has since September 11, 2001, and travelers are reminded to allow additional time to pass through security screening at all airports.


Tunnels, Bridges and Bus Terminals

During the holiday period, the Port Authority is expecting about 3.3 million vehicles to use its six interstate crossings – the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing.

To improve mobility during the holiday, the Port Authority will suspend scheduled construction work at its bridges and tunnels Friday evening, September 3 through Tuesday morning, September 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 usual. For more information, call 800 221-9903.


Port Authority Trans-Hudson

PATH will operate extra trains as needed for commuters leaving early on Friday, September 3 but will operate its normal schedule Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, September 6, PATH will operate a Sunday schedule. For additional information, call 800 234-PATH or visit http://www.pathrail.com.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-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.