Press Release Article


Date: May 01, 2015
Press Release Number: 64-2015

The Port Authority today issued the following statement in response to actions that occurred today in U.S. District Court in Newark regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closings:

"While we are continuing our practice of not commenting on these proceedings, the Port Authority works tirelessly each day to move people and goods through the region. For more than a year, we have been rebuilding the public’s trust through extensive reforms, and most importantly, a return and renewed focus on the agency's core transportation mission. There is more to be done, and we will continue to make the necessary changes to transform the Port Authority into a more open and accountable organization that the region deserves."

"We applaud the efforts of our own Inspector General, Michael Nestor, in referring the matter to the U.S. Attorney and cooperating with this investigation. As the U.S. Attorney noted, the Port Authority itself was a victim in the alleged scheme. We are in the process of reviewing the indictments to ascertain what additional steps, if any, we can take to prevent a recurrence of this type of abuse."

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

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