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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO ASSIST THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY TRAVELERS

Date: Nov 23, 2015
Press Release Number: 185-2015

Approximately 4.7 million travelers are projected to use the Port Authority bridges, airports, tunnels and PATH system during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and the agency is putting measures in place to accommodate the anticipated heavy travel volume.

From Wednesday, November 25, through Sunday, November 29, the Port Authority will provide customer service representatives at the airports and a full complement of toll collectors at its tunnels and bridges to make the holiday trip as smooth as possible.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, more than 1.4 million passengers will travel through John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Atlantic City International and Stewart International airports. Due to the high volume of traffic, the agency encourages travelers to allow extra time to get to the airport and to check with their carrier about whether their flight will depart on schedule.

During the five-day holiday period, approximately 674,700 passengers will use Kennedy Airport, 455,200 will use Newark Liberty Airport and 331,700 are projected to use LaGuardia Airport. Approximately 16,900 passengers are expected to use Atlantic City International Airport and 3,100 passengers are expected to use Stewart International Airport.

In addition to a full complement of customer service representatives, the Port Authority will assist air travelers at its airport Welcome Centers, which provide information about ground transportation, hotels and other useful information. Airport customers also can find helpful features on the agency’s website, www.panynj.gov, which they can access at the welcome centers to check flight status and other airport-related services.

For travelers planning to drive to LaGuardia Airport, please allow extra time as some on-airport parking lots may be full due to heavy demand and reduced availability related to ongoing airport construction projects. Travelers should plan ahead by visiting www.parkintheairport.com to check availability or to reserve a space, or call 1-800-AIRRIDE for alternative transportation options.

For travelers using long-term parking facilities at JFK and Newark Liberty International airports, the agency offers a coupon that provide $2 off every $18 spent on standard long-term airport parking rates. The coupons are available through January 8 and can be found on the Port Authority’s website – www.parkintheairport.com.

The Port Authority also offers AirTrain service to both JFK and Newark International Airports. AirTrain JFK connects to New York City mass transit via stations at Jamaica and Howard Beach. AirTrain Newark connects to Amtrak and NJ Transit via the Northeast Corridor line. More information on AirTrain and other public transportation alternatives is available by calling 1- 800 AIR-RIDE.

Approximately 3.3 million vehicles are forecast to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Work on the Bayonne Bridge project will be suspended from 5 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, and resume at 9 a.m. Monday, November 30. Work also will be cancelled on all ongoing projects at the George Washington Bridge, as well as the Holland and Lincoln tunnels. For additional information, travelers can call the Port Authority’s "Customer Connection" line at 800-221-9903 or visit www.panynj.gov.

At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Day before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day of the year with commuter traffic mixing with holiday travelers. The agency encourages customers to allow extra travel time to make their bus connections and urges bus travelers to purchase tickets in advance.

PATH will operate additional service as necessary prior to the evening peak period on Wednesday, November 25, to accommodate commuters leaving early for the holiday weekend and additional service will be provided for customers attending the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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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