THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR BUSY THANKSGIVING TRAVEL PERIOD

Date: Nov 17, 2006
Press Release Number: 99-2006

New Parking Garage to Help Ease Parking Crunch at JFK


Nearly five million travelers are expected to use the Port Authority’s airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH rail system over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period – Wednesday, November 22, to Sunday, November 26 – and the agency is prepared to handle what is traditionally the busiest travel time of the year.

To ease congestion on airport roadways, the Port Authority strongly recommends that air travelers use public transportation to get to and from airport terminals.

For those customers who do not have access to public transportation, a new parking garage near the American Airlines terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport opened this week, providing an additional 1,500 spaces.

Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher said, “We urge our customers to be prepared if they plan to travel during the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend, typically the busiest travel period of the year. Customers traveling by air should allow more time than normal for check-in and screening at the airports, and should consider using public transportation, such as AirTrain JFK or AirTrain Newark, to get to and from the airports. Those traveling by car should allow extra time to get to and from their destination.”

Airports

Nearly 1.6 million passengers are expected to pass through John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports during the holiday weekend. Approximately 660,000 passengers will use Kennedy Airport, 533,000 passengers will use Newark Liberty Airport and 395,000 passengers will use LaGuardia Airport. This compares to last year’s passenger volumes of 638,000 at Kennedy Airport, 522,000 at Newark Liberty Airport, and 396,000 at LaGuardia Airport.

Air travelers should allow extra time for check-in and passenger screening. The list of objects that the Transportation Security Administration prohibits on aircraft has expanded since last Thanksgiving. Air travelers are urged to get up-to-the-minute information on carry-on bag restrictions on the TSA Web site at www.tsa.gov.

Travelers who plan to park at Kennedy Airport should call 718 244-4444 for parking information or tune to airport radio at 1630 AM for parking updates. Passengers using AirTrain JFK, which links to services offered by the Long Island Rail Road and the New York City subway system, can call JFK-AirTrain (877 535-2478) for train schedules.

For parking information at Newark Liberty International Airport, call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22, or tune to 530 AM when near the airport. Information also is available for AirTrain Newark, which links the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail service.

For parking information at LaGuardia Airport, call 718 533-3400 or tune to airport radio at 530 AM.

Passengers using public transportation to any Port Authority airport can call 800 AIR-RIDE for up-to-date information. Information on parking at all three airports also is available at www.panynj.info.

Tunnels, Bridges and Bus Terminals

More than 3.4 million travelers are expected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the five-day holiday period. Travelers are urged to use mass transit and travel during off-peak hours whenever possible.

The Port Authority will suspend construction and scheduled maintenance work at the George Washington Bridge, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the three Staten Island bridges from Wednesday, November 22, through Sunday, November 26. For more information on construction, call the “Customer Connection” line at 800 221-9903 or visit www.panynj.info.

Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, as ticketing and boarding lines may be longer than normal due to higher passenger volumes.

Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)

PATH will operate a Holiday/Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, with trains running every 10 minutes on the Journal Square to 33rd Street via Hoboken line and every 15 minutes on the Newark to World Trade Center line between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. For additional information, call 800 234-PATH or visit www.panynj.info.

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 and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit 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.