THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

Press Release Article


PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR MAJOR SNOWSTORM THIS WEEKEND

Date: Jan 21, 2005
Press Release Number: 2-2005

Forecast Calls for Significant Snow Saturday Night into Sunday


With forecasters calling for the possibility of a major snowstorm this weekend, the Port Authority is ready with more than 280 pieces of heavy snow equipment and thousands of tons of salt, sand and deicing chemicals at its airports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system.

When snow is in the forecast, the Port Authority has extra staff on duty at all of its facilities. During the most severe storms, Port Authority employees work around the clock in 12-hour shifts. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

The Port Authority’s winter weather arsenal features:

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; 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.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.