Date: May 22, 2008
Press Release Number: 49-2008
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized a $28.4 million project to expand bollard protection at terminal frontages at Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports, and announced a $400 million grant from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration for in-line baggage screening improvements at the New York metropolitan region airports.
“These projects reflect our overriding commitment to the safety of our customers and making security at our facilities as seamless and strong as possible,” Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said. “With more than $3 billion invested in security measures in the last decade, we’ve demonstrated time and again just how seriously we take this important issue.”
“The hardening of terminal frontages and implementation of in-line baggage screening systems build on a series of security enhancements we’ve already made at our airports to make the flying experience safer for our passengers,” Executive Director Christopher O. Ward said. “We thank the TSA for providing this grant, and for being a strong partner in all of our security efforts.”
Last year, the Port Authority authorized the first phase of the bollards project, which is designed to stop vehicles that could potentially be used to transport explosives inside a terminal building. Today’s $28.4 million authorization, which includes $3 million in planning approved by the Board in July 2007, is for Newark’s Terminal B and LaGuardia’s Central Terminal Building - the two passenger terminals directly operated by the agency. The project is part of a larger plan to have terminal bollard protection measures installed at all terminal facilities at the agency’s airports. The Port Authority has advised each terminal operator of the need to install such systems, and is working with the operators on the design of their systems.
The in-line screening initiative will allow the Port Authority and its terminal operators to integrate explosives-detection equipment in baggage belt systems, so that passengers no longer will have to carry their luggage from check-in counters to screening locations. The measure will help make the travel experience more pleasant and less time-consuming by creating a more efficient check-in process.
Pasquale DiFulco, 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, 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.