Agency Commits to Making Quarterly Milestone Report Public
The Port Authority today launched a new Web site and a list of key milestones – the first time the agency has committed to milestones – to allow the public to track the progress of the World Trade Center rebuilding effort and hold the Port Authority and all of its project partners accountable.
The Web site – www.wtcprogress.com
– is designed to provide the public with an all-access pass into the rebuilding effort, which includes construction on the 16-acre site of a Memorial, the Transportation Hub, five major office towers, and related projects such as the WTC retail, Vehicle Security Center and Greenwich Street.
In addition, for the first time, the agency will provide quarterly updates on specific milestones it has identified that are critical to the rebuilding. The nine initial interim milestones, scheduled to be completed this quarter, include the start of procurement for structural steel for the Transportation Hub, completion of the foundation for One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, and completion of steel erection in a section of the Memorial. The full list of milestones can be found at this address — http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/pdf/wtc_milestones.pdf
In addition to regular reports about the construction progress, the site will report on street closings, subway and PATH outages and traffic issues that could affect those who live and work around the site.
The site also will serve as an aide to tourists who plan to visit New York and want to visit the site and other locations in Lower Manhattan.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “This Web site is an extension of our efforts over the past few years to make the Port Authority’s business more transparent and accountable to the public we serve. It will provide more information than ever before about progress in rebuilding at the World Trade Center site, and will give the public an opportunity to voice their comments and concerns to the agency.”
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “With the release of yesterday’s WTC report, we’ve launched a new way of doing business, one in which openness and transparency will be at the forefront of our rebuilding effort, and we’ll hold ourselves accountable for the results. This Web site is intended to be a ‘one-stop shop’ to communicate regularly and openly with residents, businesses and public officials of Lower Manhattan, and those who plan to visit the area.”
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.