Press Release Article


Date: Apr 01, 2002
Press Release Number: 32-2002

New Structure to Open April 7,
Improving Convenience for Travelers

The Port Authority announced today that Newark International Airport will open a new six-level, 3,200-space parking garage on April 7, 2002 – a move that will make parking at the airport far more convenient for travelers.

The garage, near AirTrain Newark Station E, will join a four-level, 3,400-space parking structure across from Terminal C that has been opening in stages since July 2001. The two structures, financed by the Port Authority and built at a cost of $250 million, bring the total number of parking spaces at Newark Airport to nearly 19,000. Because the new garages were built on top of existing lots, they will create a net increase of 3,600 parking spaces at the airport.

“These new parking structures, combined with our ongoing road improvements, will make driving to and parking at the airport faster and more convenient,” said Newark Airport General Manager Susan M. Baer. “These improvements are a major part of the Port Authority’s $3.8 billion public-private redevelopment program, which is transforming Newark Airport with better access, modern terminals, more shopping and dining options, and AirTrain Newark – the new rail service that links the airport to New York City, cities and towns across New Jersey, and beyond.”

The parking rate in the new garage will be $20 a day.
Also on April 7, Newark Airport will increase the maximum daily rate for valet parking, from $18 to $28.

Ms. Baer explained that the valet rate was set four years ago as an introductory rate, to encourage motorists to take advantage of the service while construction created temporary parking shortages.

“Now that the parking garages are open, we need to charge the prevailing market rate for this premium service,” Ms. Baer said. A national survey shows Newark Airport’s new rate for valet parking will be comparable to rates at other major airports.

These are the first adjustments in parking rates at Newark Airport lots since 1998.

Ms. Baer also announced that lots at Newark Airport will be renamed on April 7 to make them easier to locate.
Parking lots adjacent to passenger terminals A, B and C will continue to be known as lots A, B and C, respectively.
All other on-airport lots at Newark Airport will be designated with the internationally recognized “P” symbol for parking, followed by a number.

AirTrain Newark stations D1, D2, D3 and E, along with their adjacent lots, will be renamed P1, P2, P3 and P4. Lots G and H will be renamed P6 and P7.

As part of the Port Authority’s public-private airport redevelopment program, the bistate agency is investing $465 million to create more than 12,000 parking spaces at the airports.

The Port Authority is also investing billions of dollars in several other major projects that are making it easier for travelers to get around the airports:

· AirTrain Newark – This $769 million project began providing direct rail access to Newark International Airport from New York City and points across New Jersey on October 21, 2001. The service has been popular with passengers, serving about 2,000 daily riders, well above initial projections.

· AirTrain JFK – This $1.9 billion project is scheduled to begin providing rail access by the end of this year from terminal to terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and from the airport to the Howard Beach Station, with connections to the A train. In the first half of 2003, AirTrain JFK will begin service to Jamaica Station and an extensive network of Long Island Rail Road trains and subway and bus lines.

· New roads – The Port Authority is investing nearly $750 million in new roads at Kennedy, Newark and LaGuardia airports, significantly improving these roads and reducing delays for travelers.

· E-ZPassPlus – The electronic toll and fee collection system, which has reduced congestion and improved customer service at the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels, is scheduled to begin operating in airport parking lots later this year. The Port Authority is investing $29.9 million to install E-ZPassPlus in all 22 airport parking lots.

· Lighting and signs – Over the last several years, the Port Authority has improved lighting at all airport parking facilities. The agency recently spent $15 million to improve lighting at LaGuardia Airport’s parking garage across from the Central Terminal Building, for example. The agency also is installing brightly colored signs at the airports to help travelers identify and locate lots more easily. Customer response to the sign program has been highly favorable.

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