Date: Aug 26, 2014
Press Release Number: 175-2014
Agency is taking proactive steps to ensure safe traveling experience
The Port Authority is ready to accommodate more than 4 million travelers anticipated to use the bistate agency’s airports, bridges, tunnels, terminals and PATH rail system during the Labor Day holiday weekend – the unofficial end of the summer 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.
From Friday, August 29, through Tuesday, September 2, more than 1.6 million travelers are expected at the Port Authority’s airports. This represents a gain of 2.5 percent or 39,464 more passengers compared to the same period last year.
During the Labor Day weekend, 784,900 passengers are expected at John F. Kennedy International Airport, 462,600 passengers are forecast to use Newark Liberty International Airport, 332,700 travelers are projected to use LaGuardia Airport, 19,650 travelers will pass through Atlantic City International Airport, and 4,500 are projected to use Stewart International Airport.
To handle the high volume of expected air travelers, the Port Authority is assigning additional Customer Care Representatives (CCRs) at its airports during peak hours throughout the holiday weekend. The CCRs will be available to answer questions and assist travelers. The added support staff will supplement the existing CCRs who help passengers navigate the region's airports throughout the year.
For travelers using John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports, the Port Authority will provide $5 off every $50 spent on long-term parking through September 3. Coupons, reservations, availability, along with other information about official airport parking, can be found on the Port Authority’s website -- www.panynj.gov. Travelers planning to park at LaGuardia Airport should allow extra time since some lots may be full.
For alerts on airport weather delays, parking lot capacity and AirTrain Service advisories, passengers are invited to sign up for Airport Info-Alerts at www.panynj.info. The free subscription service sends notifications to users’ PDAs, cell phones, pagers or PCs.
Passengers are urged to check the latest federal rules and regulations before arriving at the airports to ensure easier travel. Numerous travel resources may be found at www.tsa.gov and www.cbp.gov.
Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals
The Port Authority projects more than 2.5 million travelers will cross its four interstate bridges and two tunnels from August 28 through September 2. The agency will have a full complement of toll collectors on duty to expedite travel through the crossings.
To ease the way for the high volume of travelers, the Port Authority will suspend all roadway construction projects – including the George Washington Bridge steel deck replacement project – for the holiday weekend. The Bayonne Bridge will remain open over the Labor Day weekend as work is suspended on the Raise the Roadway project.
To relieve congestion and reduce carbon emissions, commuters are encouraged to use mass transit whenever possible. Travelers are reminded that the George Washington Bridge Bus Station operations have been shifted to temporary trailers adjacent to the facility due to ongoing construction. Both that facility and the Port Authority Bus Terminal may have longer lines than usual and customers should allow extra time.
To receive alerts on bridge and tunnel incidents and delays, passengers are encouraged to sign up for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at www.panynj.info.
Travelers receive notifications through this free subscription service on their cell phones, PDAs, pagers or email accounts and can customize the information they receive.
Port Authority Trans-Hudson
To accommodate passengers leaving work early for the holiday weekend, PATH will provide additional service as necessary on Friday, August 29, between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, trains on the Journal Square-33rd (Hoboken) line remain on a 10-minute schedule. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, the Journal Square-33rd Street (via Hoboken) line will be on a 10-minute schedule.
On Monday, trains on the Journal Square-33rd (Hoboken) line will operate on a 10-minute schedule and trains on the Exchange Place – World Trade Center line will open at 4:45am and operate on a 15-minute schedule throughout most of the day. Riders are encouraged to allow extra travel time and check for weekend schedule changes which are posted on the Port Authority website, PATHAlerts and Twitter, and are also available on the Toll Free Information Line: 1-800-234-PATH (7284).
Ferry service between Jersey City and Lower Manhattan will operate on Saturday and Sunday.
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.