THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

Press Release Article


PORT AUTHORITY PREPARES FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL -- Heavy Traffic Expected At Airports, Tunnels And Bridges; Parking Limited At Newark International Airport

Date: Aug 27, 2001
Press Release Number: 114-2001

As Labor Day – the unofficial end of summer – approaches, more than 1.3 million air travelers will flock to area airports in an effort to squeeze in that final trip of the vacation season. New parking is under construction at Newark International Airport, but travelers will still find spaces in short supply this holiday weekend.

“In the coming months, Newark Airport will open two garages with 6,600 new parking spaces, creating a net increase of 3,600 parking spaces at the airport,” said Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto Butcher. “But parking will be scarce this weekend, and construction on a series of improvements at Newark Airport will contribute to congestion.”

Mr. Butcher has strong advice for air travelers.

“Do yourselves a favor and leave your cars at home,” Mr. Butcher said. “Consider being dropped off by a friend, take a cab or use mass transit to get to the airports – especially Newark Airport. Those who must drive should plan ahead. If you’re heading to the airports, call beforehand to get the latest information on parking conditions and arrive 30 minutes earlier than the time recommended by your airline.”

Newark International Airport

Newark Airport customers can call 888 EWR-INFO and enter 22 or 800 AIR-RIDE to get real-time information about available parking in each of the airport\'s lots. Motorists driving to Newark Airport also can obtain detailed parking information by tuning to highway advisory radio at 530 AM, which can be received within one mile of the airport.

Customers can find parking information on the airport\'s Web site, www.newarkairport.com. The site includes information about parking rates and locations, other transportation options to and from the airport, and nearby off-airport parking lots that offer free shuttle service to the passenger terminals.

The parking spaces now under construction, in garages near Terminal C and Monorail Station E, are a key part of the Port Authority\'s $3.8 billion public-private redevelopment program at the airport. The redevelopment program includes other major projects to relieve traffic congestion, such as new roads and AirTrain Newark – featuring a one-mile extension of the airport\'s monorail system to the Monorail-Northeast Corridor Rail Station, which will connect to trains operated by Amtrak and NJ Transit.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport passenger terminal construction and construction of AirTrain JFK, the airport\'s new light-rail system, have resulted in a temporary reduction in parking spaces in the lots serving Terminals 5, 6, 8 and 9. If any of those lots are full, drivers can follow signs to alternate areas where parking is still available, and take a free shuttle bus to their terminal.

Customers can log on to JFK\'s Web page – www.kennedyairport.com – for information regarding parking rates, locations, and transportation options. For the most current information on parking and roadway conditions, customers can call 718 244-4080, 800 AIR-RIDE or listen to its highway advisory radio system, 1630 AM.

LaGuardia Airport

The long-term parking lot at LaGuardia Airport is limited and expected to fill up early. Additional long-term parking is available at several private parking lots located near the airport. A list of these lots, along with other airport information, can be found at the airport’s Web site, www.laguardiaairport.com. Travelers can call 718 533-3850 or 800 AIR-RIDE for information on parking availability.

Tunnels and Bridges

About 2.8 million motorists will use Port Authority bridges and tunnels. This kind of volume has historically caused congestion at many of these six interstate crossings. Mr. Butcher asks that travelers consider using mass transit or travel during off-peak hours whenever possible.

To help reduce traffic back-ups, all major construction at the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals Bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing will be suspended for the weekend.

Drivers can get construction updates year-round on the agency’s Web site, www.panynj.gov, or by calling 800 221-9903.

Bus Terminals

Port Authority Bus Terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus Station ticket counter lines are expected to form early on Friday, August 31. Travelers should allow extra waiting time. Bus carrier information for both the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the GWB Bus Station is available by automated telephone system at 212 564-8484 and on the Port Authority Web site.

PATH

To get an early start on the holiday weekend, PATH service will be added as needed to accommodate larger-than-usual numbers of commuters leaving work early on Friday, August 31. PATH trains will operate on a weekend schedule throughout the three-day Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 1, through Monday, September 3. For further information, travelers can call 800 234-PATH.