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PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES ELIMINATION OF PROGRAM THAT PROVIDED FREE EMPLOYEE PASSAGE AT AGENCY CROSSINGS

Date: Nov 18, 2010
Press Release Number: 82-2010

Action Expands 2008 Policy Eliminating Free E-ZPass Benefits

For Former Commissioners, Public Officials


The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved the elimination of non-revenue producing E-ZPasses for agency commissioners, retirees and non-represented employees hired after the attacks of September 11.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Today’s action is a critical step to ensure the traveling public knows we are guarding their toll dollars carefully.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “. “In our ongoing effort to cut costs, this policy is another step to meet the financial reality facing this agency.”

Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “The region is suffering from financial hardship, and that’s why, under Governor Christie’s leadership, we are eliminating benefits that are unavailable to the toll-paying public.”

Today’s action builds on the previous elimination in 2008 of free E-ZPass benefits for former commissioners and public officials in New York and New Jersey. The move will save the agency approximately $1.5 million a year.

Under the Board’s action, the agency will allow employees continuously employed on or before the attacks on September 11, 2001, to receive the E-ZPass benefit for commutation purposes only until the Port Authority’s corporate headquarters are re-established at the World Trade Center site in 2014, when the Board expects the full elimination of the E-ZPass benefit for all agency employees. This policy recognizes the displacement of staff throughout the agency as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, and the fact that normal commuting patterns were significantly altered and disrupted through staff reassignments to alternate work locations due to the destruction of the agency’s headquarters at the World Trade Center.

In addition, the agency will continue to meet its commitments to the spouses of Port Authority employees who were killed in the World Trade Center attacks in 1993 and 2001 who currently receive the benefit. It also preserves the benefit for marked emergency vehicles.

CONTACT:

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.


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