Press Release Article


Date: Oct 27, 2014
Press Release Number: 224-2014

Consultant will develop noise exposure maps and compile data to help identify potential noise mitigation measures for area residents; Procurement efforts also are ongoing for Part 150 studies for Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports

The Port Authority has signed an agreement with Environmental Science Associates to conduct federal Part 150 airport noise compatibility planning studies for John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports over the next three years, with the goal of finding potential mitigation procedures to help alleviate residents’ concerns about aircraft noise.

Environmental Science’s proposal was the highest rated in the agency’s competitive review of four submissions for the contract, which will run between October 2014 and August 2017 with costs estimated at approximately $8 million combined for both airports. The Port Authority is eligible for FAA funding to help offset the costs and has applied for available grant money for each airport.

Under the agreement, Environmental Science will prepare noise exposure maps, analyze land-use compatibility issues and assess the viability of potential noise mitigation solutions.

The Port Authority also is addressing the noise concerns of residents living in close proximity to Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports in New Jersey, seeking the same federal noise studies under a separate procurement on an expedited basis. A community noise roundtable occurred in June for Newark Liberty with another planned this fall, and Teterboro has had a long-standing group to discuss noise concerns for residents in communities surrounding the busy general aviation airport.

The agency has an ongoing procurement process through request for proposals for consulting firms to submit proposals by November 10 to perform the separate studies for Newark Liberty and Teterboro airports, with the expectation that one consultant will be chosen to do both studies. The consultant will be tasked to “design and conduct a robust public participation program to ensure a broad base of public involvement meeting all regulatory requirements’’ of federal Part 150 studies.

The New Jersey Part 150 noise studies for Newark Liberty and Teterboro will follow a similar course to those slated to start for JFK and LaGuardia airports, requiring the creation of noise exposure maps that will help authorities gauge impacts to residential, commercial, health and educational facilities. The goal is to use that information to help develop potential plans to help minimize noise impacts.

At the direction of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the airport noise compatibility planning studies for LaGuardia and JFK are part of Port Authority efforts this year to address the noise concerns of residents in Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County who live in close proximity to the two major airports. The agency also has begun noise roundtables to bring together representatives of the community, elected officials, the Port Authority and FAA to discuss the complex issues surrounding aircraft noise.

Additionally, the Port Authority has implemented a flight tracking system on the agency’s website so residents can monitor aircraft and specific decibel levels along flight paths over their communities, increased staffing to handle noise complaints and committed to doubling the number of noise monitors around LaGuardia and JFK. The tracking system also monitors planes using Newark Liberty and Teterboro airports and an additional noise monitor already is in place near Newark Liberty.

“The continuing progress toward the federal Part 150 studies for Kennedy, Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports marks another milestone in the agency’s efforts to address residents’ aircraft noise concerns in New York and New Jersey,’’ said Thomas Bosco, the Port Authority’s aviation director. “Working in concert with residents, elected officials, industry partners and FAA representatives, the agency’s consultant will perform the intensive, complex studies necessary at these four airports to evaluate noise levels and propose and analyze potential efforts to alleviate the problem.”

The Part 150 Studies also will show areas around the airports impacted by noise above an average of 55 decibels (55 DNL) for informational purposes only, along with the mapping of the 65 DNL areas as required by the FAA.

Under the contract for JFK and LaGuardia, Environmental Science will develop and conduct a comprehensive public outreach program to ensure participation from the communities surrounding each airport.

A federal Part 150 study is designed to help guide and control planning for aviation noise compatibility on and around airports, while also used by airport operators to prepare noise exposure maps. Noise studies seek various ways to alleviate noise impacts, such as considering revised procedures for flights, modifying ground operations, encouraging airlines to use quieter aircraft and installing soundproofing to eligible properties.

Study costs are recoverable by the agency via flight fees, and are eligible for Airport Improvement Program funding. The Port Authority also will seek to set aside a portion of the work for local minority- and women-owned businesses.

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