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TRAVEL ADVISORY - PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO HANDLE MORE THAN 5 MILLION TRAVELERS DURING JULY 4 HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Date: Jul 01, 2014
Press Release Number: 138-2014

With more than 5 million travelers expected to use airports, bridges, tunnels, terminals and PATH during the July 4 holiday weekend, the Port Authority is prepared to provide assistance at its facilities through website alerts, Twitter updates, online parking reservations and additional customer care representatives at the airports to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Airports

More than 2 million passengers are anticipated to travel through the agency's airports during the six-day holiday period from July 1 through July 6.

During the holiday weekend, an estimated 989,450 are expected to travel using John F. Kennedy International Airport. Travelers are encouraged to take advantage of the AirTrain JFK, which connects all terminals with MTA New York City Transit subways and buses and the Long Island Rail Road. For those driving to JFK, call ahead at 718 244-4168 for up-to-date parking information or visit the www.panynj.gov to make online parking reservations. To receive a $5 discount for every $50 spent at JFK, LaGuardia International and Newark Liberty International Airport, travelers can download an official parking coupon at summer discount coupons.

Newark Liberty International Airport is expected to handle approximately 606,500 travelers. Due to the AirTrain Newark service suspension, there will be AirTrain Bypass Buses available for customers. Additional Customer Care Representatives will be accessible to provide information and assistance. Travelers who drive to Newark Liberty can call 888-EWR-INFO and press ‘22' to receive up-to-date parking information.

There will be approximately 401,000 passengers traveling through LaGuardia Airport. The Port Authority suggests those driving to the airport allow extra travel time due to limited parking. For parking information, travelers can call 718 533-3850 or listen to Total Traffic Network radio.

An estimated 5,600 passengers will travel out of Stewart International Airport. For parking information, travelers should call 845 838-8200. Atlantic City Airport anticipates approximately 22,400 travelers during the holiday weekend. Travelers who have any questions are advised to call 609 645-7895.

Passengers are encouraged to sign up for Airport Info Alerts at www.airportinfoalerts.com. This free subscription service notifies customers electronically of weather delays, parking lot capacities and AirTrain service delays.

Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals

Throughout the weekend, the Port Authority projects that more than 3 million vehicles will travel across the agency's bridges and tunnels.

Due to the expected high traffic volume, the Port Authority suggests commuters allow extra travel time to reach their destination.

To minimize congestion, commuters are encouraged to use mass transit whenever possible. Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time and anticipate longer lines than usual. Call 800 221-9903 for more information.

For real-time travel alerts, commuters are encouraged to register for Port Authority alerts at www.paalerts.com.

PATH

On Friday, July 4, PATH trains will operate two lines of service. Journal Square to 33 Street (via Hoboken) will operate every 10 minutes for most of the day. Service from Newark to World Trade Center will run every 15 minutes for most of the day, and will be making all stops including the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations.

To accommodate riders planning to attend the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks celebration, the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations will continue service later than usual on Friday, July 4, until about 2 a.m. Saturday. The stations will then remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday and substitute ferry service will be provided during that time.

For up-to-date service information, passengers are encouraged to follow PATH Rail System on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PATHTrain. Passengers can also sign up for up-to-date alerts through www.PATHAlerts.com.

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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