Date: May 20, 2014
Press Release Number: 103-2014
Agency is taking proactive steps to ensure safe traveling experience;
Offering parking discount for those using JFK or Newark Liberty airports
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is taking steps to accommodate the nearly five million people who will travel by air, car or rail during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, which marks the traditional start of the summer travel season. The agency is taking proactive measures to ensure travelers have a safe and customer-friendly experience while using Port Authority facilities across the region.
Beginning Friday, May 23, through Tuesday, May 27, the agency expects more than 1.6 million passengers to use Port Authority's aviation facilities. This is a 3.4 percent increase from last year's Memorial Day weekend.
To handle the high volume of expected air travelers, the Port Authority is assigning additional Customer Care Representatives at its airports during peak hours throughout the holiday weekend. These representatives will be available to answer questions and assist travelers. The added support staff will supplement the existing 350 Customer Care Representatives who help passengers navigate the region's airports throughout the year.
The Port Authority expects approximately 728,800 passengers to travel through John F. Kennedy International Airport this holiday weekend, approximately 573,600 to travel through Newark Liberty International Airport, an estimated 345,000 to travel through LaGuardia Airport, a projected 18,530 to travel through Atlantic City International Airport, and 3,950 to travel through Stewart International Airport.
The Port Authority is providing passengers planning to travel through John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport a $5 off coupon for every $50 spent on long-term parking. To print out a coupon please visit www.panynj.gov/airports/airport-parking.cfm.
Passengers planning to use the Port Authority's airports during the Memorial Day weekend can sign up for Airport Info Alerts at www.airportinfoalerts.com. This free, mobile subscription service notifies customers about weather delays and parking lot capacities.
Bridges and Tunnels
The Port Authority is projecting approximately 3.3 million travelers will use its bridges and tunnels during the holiday weekend. The agency will have a full complement of toll collectors on duty to expedite travel through the crossings. With passenger traffic expected to be heavier than normal, motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination.
To ensure the safety of the traveling public, the Port Authority Police Department will conduct a DWI checkpoint at one of its Hudson River crossings on Friday night into Saturday morning to discourage people from drinking and driving.
To receive free, real-time travel alerts, travelers are encouraged to register for Port Authority Alerts at http://btt.paalerts.com. Motorists will receive alerts directly to cell phone and e-mail accounts and will have the ability to monitor projected time ranges.
The Port Authority is projecting approximately 494,000 travelers will use the PATH during the holiday weekend. PATH will operate additional trains as needed on Friday, May 23, to assist commuters leaving early for the holiday weekend. PATH will operate a normal schedule on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. On Monday, May 27, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule.
Extensive PATH rail work to implement a federal safety mandate and continue post-Superstorm Sandy desalination efforts will continue late Friday night through early Monday morning with closures of the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations.
PATH riders can travel between New Jersey and New York from all other PATH stations this weekend, including Grove Street, Newport and Journal Square in Jersey City. Riders from Newark and Harrison will need to transfer at Journal Square for trips into New York. This weekend, service between New Jersey and New York will run on the Journal Square to 33rd Street (via Hoboken) line during the closing of the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations, with increased service and decreased wait times. Riders who would normally use PATH between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan on weekends can use alternative ferry service that is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, at the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in New York.
For up-to-date service information, riders are encouraged to follow PATH Rail System on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PATHTrain or text their origin and destination to 266266. Riders also can sign up for PATHAlerts at www.PATHAlerts.com, which provides up to the minute bulletins on PATH service changes.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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.