Date: Dec 19, 2012
Press Release Number: 219-2012
Extra staff deployed to ensure safe, efficient travel for millions who will use Port Authority facilities
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is taking the steps necessary to accommodate the more than 13.4 million travelers expected to use its airports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system during the upcoming holiday and New Year’s season.
Extra personnel will be on duty at all Port Authority crossings and airports and on the PATH rail system to help ensure all customers enjoy safe, efficient travel.
The Port Authority projects that more than 4.4 million passengers will use its airports during the period December 17-January 1, an increase of 2.8 percent, or more than 121,000 passengers, compared with last year’s holiday travel season. At the Port Authority’s three busiest airports, more than two million passengers are expected to pass through JFK International Airport, more than one million through LaGuardia, and more than 1.4 million though Newark Liberty International Airport.
Employees of Air Serv Corp. and Global Elite Group Inc., who provide security guard services at JFK Airport, have announced that they will no longer hold an authorized job action during the holidays that could have disrupted millions of airport travelers.
The agency is advising passengers heading for its airports to use mass transit to avoid crowded roads. AirTrain JFK connects to New York City mass transit via stations at Jamaica and Howard Beach. For more information, travelers may call 877 JFK-AirTrain (877-535-2478). Travelers who drive to the airport may call 718 244-4080 for parking information or tune in to airport radio 1630 AM for parking updates.
AirTrain Newark connects to Amtrak and NJ Transit via the Northeast Corridor rail line. Additional information is available by calling 888 EWR-INFO (397-4636), which also offers Newark Airport parking information. Travelers also can tune radios to 530 AM when approaching the airport.
More information on AirTrain and other public transportation alternatives is available by calling 800 AIR-RIDE (247-7433). Airport information also is available online at www.newarkairport.com, www.kennedyairport.com and www.laguardiaairport.com. Air travelers are advised to check their flight’s status before leaving for the airport and allow extra time for heavy holiday traffic. For the Transportation Security Administration’s travel tips, including pointers on packing and dressing to help pass through checkpoints more quickly, visit www.tsa.gov.
The Port Authority is forecasting that 7.7 million vehicles will use its four bridges and two tunnels between December 21 and January 1. To help keep traffic moving, the Port Authority has suspended all construction projects requiring lane closures during the holiday travel period. Motorists may avoid waiting in long lines to pay tolls in cash, and expedite their trips across the bridges and through the tunnels, by signing up for E-Z Pass. Passenger traffic at the Port Authority Bus Terminal also is expected to be heavier than normal and passengers are urged to allow extra travel time.
Work will be suspended on the New York State Department of Transportation’s Alexander Hamilton Bridge project, located adjacent to the George Washington Bridge, during the holiday season to prevent disruptions to travelers using the world’s busiest crossing.
Approximately 1.3 million travelers will use PATH train service during the holiday period. PATH will operate on a holiday/Saturday schedule on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
PATH passengers may visit the PATH Web site at www.panynj.gov/path for service updates and to view an interactive system map that allows easy travel planning.
CONTACT: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 212-435-7777
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.