Date: Sep 23, 2009
Press Release Number: 122-2009
The Port Authority today was awarded a $48.3 million federal stimulus grant for projects that will enhance security on its PATH rail system. The money will be used to upgrade PATH infrastructure to enhance the security for the millions of customers who use it each year.
The Port Authority received three-quarters of the $72.2 million in federal Transit Security Stimulus Grant money available nationally for capital projects.
New York Governor David Paterson said, “The New York City subway system and PATH are critical transportation modes that provide millions of New Yorkers with a safe, convenient way to travel in this highly urban environment. These federal grants will ensure that these systems continue to maintain the highest levels of security for all of their customers.”
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine said, “The safety and security of New Jerseyans is of utmost concern, and we will continue to take the steps needed to protect our citizens in a post 9-11 world. I'm pleased that the Port Authority was awarded this American Recovery Reinvestment Act funding because it will mean a safer PATH system for tens of thousands of daily commuters in our state.”
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “PATH is a lifeline that links the two states, and the safety and security of our customers who use it each day is a top priority. That’s why we’ve invested millions of dollars of our own money in PATH security and we sincerely appreciate the federal contribution to help make the system among the safest in the country.”
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “During these challenging economic times, we’re extremely pleased that the federal government has partnered with us to make PATH an even safer system. I would like to thank our New York and New Jersey Congressional delegations for their tireless efforts to secure federal dollars to help upgrade this critical mass transit system.”
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin said, “New Jersey commuters depend on PATH every day to get to and from work and other destinations, and it’s our job to keep them safe and secure. These federal dollars will supplement the money we’ve already spent to ensure that our system is as safe as it can be.”
Since 9/11, the Port Authority has spent more than $4 billion on capital and operating security at its transportation facilities in New York and New Jersey.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 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 Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; 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.