Date: Jul 01, 2002
Press Release Number: 76-2002
Additional Airport Parking Spaces, Suspension of Construction
Projects Along Bridges and Tunnels to Aid Travelers During
Six-Day Holiday Period
The Port Authority has taken steps to give travelers some independence from congested tunnels, bridges and airports during the heavy Fourth of July travel period.
With nearly 1.7 million passengers expected to pass through Kennedy International, Newark International and LaGuardia airports, some lots are expected to fill up. Travelers heading to Newark International Airport are advised to use the new AirTrain Newark to get to and from the airport.
Since opening in October 2001, AirTrain Newark passenger usage continues to increase, reaching more than 2,900 customers a day during the month of May and hitting a peak of more than 5,300 travelers on May 24. Since last year, about 3,500 parking spaces have been added at Newark Airport. For information about AirTrain Newark and other transportation options for the region’s three major airports, travelers are urged to call 800 AIR-RIDE.
The Port Authority also will suspend bridge and tunnel construction projects beginning at noon on Wednesday, July 3, through Monday, July 8. New York City is lifting the Holland Tunnel single-occupancy vehicle ban to help those traveling by car.
Though airport travel forecast is down from July 4, 2001, traffic is still expected to be heavy at all three of the region’s major airports.
During the six-day holiday period, from Wednesday, July 3 through Monday, July 8, the Port Authority forecasts 515,000 passengers at Newark International Airport, 530,000 at John F. Kennedy International Airport and 330,000 at LaGuardia Airport.
This compares to last year’s volumes of 615,000 at Newark, 640,000 at JFK and 410,000 at LaGuardia. For Newark Airport parking information, call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22 or tune radios to 530 AM when near the airport. For Kennedy Airport parking information, call 718 244-4444 or tune radios to 1630 AM. For LaGuardia Airport parking information, call 718 533-3400.
Information also is available online at www.newarkairport.com, www.kennedyairport.com, and www.laguardiaairport.com.
“The Fourth of July is a time to reflect upon our nation’s freedom, which is a topic very near and dear to the hearts and minds of all those who lost loved ones on September 11. They include the relatives, friends and co-workers of the 37 Port Authority officers and commanders and 38 civilians who died,’’ said Ernesto Butcher, the Port Authority’s Chief Operating Officer. “As family and friends gather on this holiday, the men and women of the Port Authority will be working hard to make sure that travelers using airports, tunnels and bridges, have as pleasant a journey as possible.”
The Port Authority also offers some advice for travelers.
“For example, we strongly urge airline travelers to call ahead to get the latest information on parking, and to allow extra time to accommodate increased security at all of our airports,” Mr. Butcher said. “Auto travelers also should be patient in case they encounter traffic at any of our crossings.”
Air travelers are urged to check with their airline prior to leaving for the airport and plan to arrive 30 minutes earlier than recommended. Travelers also can use the Port Authority’s Web site – www.panynj.gov – to get the latest security tips.
Approximately 2.5 million vehicles will use the Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels from July 4 through July 8, which is about the same amount for the same time period last year.
As a reminder, motorists with E-Z Pass accounts should make sure to use E-Z Pass dedicated lanes, and those who will be traveling by car over long distances should have their vehicles checked for proper fluid levels.
On July 4, PATH will operate on a Sunday schedule through 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. that day, trains will run every 10 minutes from Newark to Hoboken and from Journal Square to 33rd Street. PATH trains from Hoboken to 33rd Street will continue to run Sunday schedule all day.