Press Release Article


Date: Dec 10, 2014
Press Release Number: 251-2014

Consultant will develop noise exposure maps and compile data to help identify potential noise mitigation measures for area residents.

Ongoing Part 150 studies began this fall at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved an agreement with Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc. to conduct federal Part 150 airport noise compatibility planning studies for Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports over the next three years. The process seeks potential mitigation procedures to help address residents’ concerns about aircraft noise.

A federal Part 150 study guides land-use planning on and around airports, taking into account the impact of jet noise, while also enabling airport operators to prepare noise exposure maps. Noise studies seek various ways to alleviate sound impacts, such as considering revised procedures for flights, modifying ground operations, encouraging airlines to use quieter aircraft and installing soundproofing materials in eligible properties.

Under the agreement, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc. will prepare noise exposure maps to help gauge impacts to residential, commercial, health and educational facilities, analyze land-use compatibility issues and assess the viability of possible noise mitigation solutions. The consultant also is required to “design and conduct a robust public participation program to ensure a broad base of public involvement that meets all regulatory requirements’’ of federal Part 150 studies.

Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc.’s technical proposal was the highest rated in the agency’s publicly advertised Request for Proposals for this project, which will run between January 2015 and November 2017 at an estimated cost of $6.6 million combined for both airports. Study costs are recoverable by the Port Authority through flight fees, eligible Airport Improvement Program funding and available grant money for each airport.

“These studies are an important part of the Port Authority’s effort to address the noise concerns of residents living in close proximity to our airports,” said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. “The information and feedback from these studies will be vital to developing effective noise mitigation plans at Newark Liberty and Teterboro.”

“As we work to deliver 21st century airports to the region, it’s critical that we serve as good neighbors to those that live close to the airports as well,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “These studies will help evaluate noise levels in areas surrounding the airports in order to identify potential solutions to reduce noise for those that live close to our airports.”

Newark Liberty had its second Community Noise Roundtable meeting last week, following a kick-off meeting earlier this year. Teterboro has had long-standing group discussions regarding noise concerns for residents in communities surrounding the busy general aviation airport. The Port Authority also has been hosting similar noise roundtables for residents living in close proximity to JFK and LaGuardia airports.

Along with the roundtables, the Port Authority 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 the airports.

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