Press Release Article


PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED FOR MAJOR WINTER SNOWSTORM

Date: Feb 12, 2014
Press Release Number: 37-2014

Personnel and equipment in place to ensure safe travel across the region

The Port Authority is prepared to handle a major winter Nor‘ Easter storm scheduled to begin early Thursday morning and last until Friday morning.  Additional Port Authority staff and a readily assembled fleet of snow removal equipment are on standby to handle what forecasters say could result in heavy snow and icing conditions at the Port Authority’s airports, tunnels, bridges, PATH system and seaport.

Projections for the New York-New Jersey region call for significant snowfall, with amounts varying across the metropolitan region.  Port Authority staff will work around-the-clock in 12-hour shifts. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

In keeping with the normal course of operations during snow events, the agency will deploy extra personnel at all of its facilities to address the storm’s impact and keep the region moving.  The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

The Port Authority urges air and bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the airports or bus terminals to confirm whether their planes or buses will depart and scheduled departure times. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings if weather conditions warrant.

For up-to-the-minute updates on Port Authority crossings, airports and the PATH system, travelers are encouraged to sign up for the Port Authority alerts at www.paalerts.com.

The Port Authority has the following snow equipment and supplies ready at its major transportation facilities:

  • More than 200 pieces of snow 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 its bridges and tunnels, including nearly two dozen plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest vehicle crossing;
  • Thousands of tons of salt and sand for airport roads and parking lots, and for bridges and tunnels;
  • Plow-equipped trains, liquid snow-melting agent trains and a "jet engine" plow to remove snow from PATH tracks, and snow blowers, plows and spreaders to clear station entrances, roads that serve PATH’s 13 stations, and various support facilities.

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 the Western Hemisphere. 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 raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov


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