Press Release Article


Date: Feb 08, 2013
Press Release Number: 17-2013

Agency facilities open, operational and prepared for winter storm

The Port Authority has deployed extra personnel at its facilities—including during the overnight hours—and has assembled snow equipment in advance of the blizzard conditions approaching the area.

The agency strongly urges travelers to check with their carriers before going to one of the region's airports or bus terminals today to confirm schedules and departure times. Many airlines and bus carriers have already informed the agency that they will cease operations later this afternoon through the duration of the storm.

The airports, AirTrain Newark, and AirTrain JFK are operational and currently open, but airlines are operating on a reduced schedule. As of 1:30 p.m., airlines have cancelled more than 2,000 flights at the region's major airports at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia Airport. Crews are applying anti-icing chemicals to runways and taxiways to keep them free of ice. In the event that some travelers become stranded, airport personnel are preparing cots, blankets and other essentials to assist customers.

At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, traffic has been relatively light, as many commuters stayed home today. Several major long-haul bus carriers have already ceased operations from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to points north of New York City.

The agency's four bridge crossings—the George Washington Bridge, the Goethals, Bayonne, and Outerbridge Crossing are open; however, a 35-mph speed restriction is in place at each of the Staten Island bridges due to moderate winds and slippery road conditions.

PATH service is operating normally and has extra trains on standby to provide additional service for customers who may leave work early today in advance of the storm.

All port facilities are open; however, several privately operated container terminals will close their gates in mid-afternoon.

Port Authority preparations for the approaching storm include fueling all vehicles, ensuring fully stocked salt supplies, and having snowplows, shovels and other snow equipment at the ready. The Port Authority's winter weather arsenal includes:

  • More than 200 snow and ice equipment at its airports, including melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph;

  • Approximately 60 pieces of snow equipment at the bridges and tunnels, including 28 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge, the world's busiest vehicular crossing;

  • More than 2,000 tons of salt and more than 1,500 tons of sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus more than 2,000 tons of salt for the bridges and tunnels;

  • Approximately 300,000 gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus approximately 1,700 tons of solid de-icers, which break up snow and ice already on the ground;

  • Plow-equipped trains, liquid snow-melting agent trains and a "jet engine" plow to remove snow from tracks, and snow blowers. Plows and spreaders to clear station entrances, roads that serve PATH's 13 stations, and various support facilities; and

  • Approximately 1,000 staff members and contractors with years of specialized training and professional experience in handling severe winter weather at transportation facilities.

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