Date: May 20, 2009
Press Release Number: 61-2009
The Port Authority is prepared to accommodate the nearly five million passengers expected to travel by air or car during the upcoming holiday weekend. The Memorial Day weekend - the traditional start of the summer travel season - will see significant numbers of passengers using Port Authority facilities, and the agency is taking a proactive approach to providing safe and customer-friendly services. Airports About 1.4 million customers are expected to use the agency's airports over the holiday weekend - from Friday, May 22, through Tuesday, May 26. As a result of the economic downturn, the Port Authority projects about 82,000 fewer passengers are expected to travel through airports over the holiday weekend. This represent a 5.5 percent decline compared to the same period last year. More than 660,000 passengers are expected to use John F. Kennedy International Airport, down 2.8 percent over last year. Due to limited on-airport parking, 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, more than 448,000 passengers are expected, down 6.1 percent compared to last year. People traveling to and from the airport are advised to take AirTrain Newark, which links the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail services. Travelers who drive to Newark Airport 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 286,000 passengers will use LaGuardia Airport during the holiday weekend, down 8.8 percent compared to last year. Travelers who drive to LaGuardia should call 718 533-3850 for parking information. Stewart International Airport is expected to accommodate more than 5,000 passengers over the holiday weekend, down 51 percent compared to last year. Parking rates and information for all of the agency's airports can be found at www.panynj.info. Passengers are invited to sign up for Airport Info-Alerts at www.panynj.info. This free subscription service via PDA, cell phone, pager, or computer notifies customers of weather delays, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain service delays. In an effort to make travel as easy as possible, air travelers are encouraged to review the latest federal rules and regulations prior to 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 interstate bridges and two tunnels over the holiday weekend, about the same number as last year. Scheduled maintenance and construction at the bridges and tunnels will be suspended from Friday afternoon, May 22, through Tuesday morning, May 26. 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 trips. Travelers receive alerts on their cellular phones, PDAs, pagers, or e-mail accounts and can customize the information they would like to receive. PATH On Friday, May 22, PATH will operate extra trains as necessary for commuters leaving early for the long holiday 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. CONTACT: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Steve Coleman or Spencer Schrage, 212 435-7777 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; 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 and is a partner in the Access to the Region's Core tunnel project.