Date: May 21, 2008
Press Release Number: 47-2008
The Port Authority is prepared for the millions of passengers expected at its airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH rail system this Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer travel season.
Port Authority Police will operate Driving While Intoxicated checkpoints at Port Authority crossings during the Memorial Day weekend to help ensure travelers enjoy a safe and happy holiday. Drivers using the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the George Washington Bridge will be subject to inspection between 10 p.m. Friday, May 23, and 6 a.m. Saturday, May 24. In addition to checking drivers, police will distribute literature on the dangers of drinking and driving.
About 1.5 million people are expected to use the agency's four airports over the holiday weekend - from Friday, May 23, through Tuesday, May 27.
More than 683,000 travelers are expected to use John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers are encouraged to take AirTrain JFK from the Jamaica or Howard Beach stations to the airport terminals. Those who must drive to JFK should call 718 244-4080 for parking information or tune to airport radio at 1630 AM for parking updates.
At Newark Liberty International Airport, 489,000 passengers are expected over the weekend. People traveling to and from the airport are advised to take AirTrain Newark, which links the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail service. Travelers who must drive to EWR can call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22 for up-to-date parking information, or tune to 530 AM when near the airport.
An estimated 331,000 passengers will use LaGuardia Airport. Travelers who must drive to LaGuardia should call 718 533-3850 for parking information.
The Port Authority's newest airport, Stewart International, is projected to have more than 10,000 passengers over the holiday weekend.
Parking rates and information for all four airports can be found at www.panynj.info.
Passengers also are invited to sign up for Airport Info-Alerts at www.panynj.info. This free subscription service via PDA, cell phone, pager, or PC notifies customers of airport weather delays, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain service delays.
In an effort to make travel as pleasant as possible, air travelers are encouraged to look at the latest federal rules and regulations before arriving at the airport. Numerous travel resources can be found at www.tsa.gov.
Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals
The Port Authority projects that approximately 3.4 million vehicles will cross the agency's four bridges and two tunnels over the holiday weekend, similar to last year.
Scheduled maintenance and construction at the bridges and tunnels will be suspended from Friday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, as lines may be longer than usual. For more information, call 800 221-9903.
Passengers also are invited to sign up for Port Authority Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at www.panynj.info. This free subscription service notifies customers of incidents or events at Port Authority bridges and tunnels that may delay their trip. Travelers receive alerts on their cellular phone, PDA, pager, or e-mail account and can customize the information they would like to receive.
Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)
On Friday, May 23, PATH will operate extra trains as needed for commuters leaving early for the long weekend. On Memorial Day, PATH trains will run on a Sunday schedule.
For more information, call 800 234-PATH. Passengers are encouraged to visit www.panynj.info and sign up for PATH Alerts to receive electronic notifications of train delays (estimated 15 minutes or greater) and service changes for selected PATH lines.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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, and Stewart International airports; 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.