THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY LAUNCHES MOST EXTENSIVE PUBLIC OUTREACH PROGRAM IN AGENCY HISTORY

Date: Nov 19, 2007
Press Release Number: 100-2007

Seven Public Hearings on Toll Adjustment Proposal to be Held, Including First-Ever Webcast Hearing

The Port Authority today officially launched the most extensive public outreach program in its history with the announcement that it will hold seven public hearings in December on its toll and fare adjustment proposal.

Those who cannot attend one of the six traditional public hearings can participate in the Port Authority’s first-ever Webcast hearing. In addition, the agency’s website – www.panynj.gov – will allow the public to submit questions and comments online. The agency also will conduct outreach activities for key stakeholders, including elected officials, transportation advocates, environmentalists and others to provide details about the plan.

Last Thursday, the agency submitted to its Board of Commissioners a plan to raise additional revenue needed to pay for nearly $30 billion in critical transportation and security projects during the next 10 years. The proposal included an adjustment in tolls and fares at the agency’s four bridges and two tunnels and on its PATH rail system.

The agency last adjusted tolls in March 2001. Prior to that, the last adjustment was in 1991.

The public hearings will be held at the following locations beginning at 5 p.m.:



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, Stewart International 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.