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MEDIA ADVISORY - PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED FOR UPCOMING NOR'EASTER STORM

Date: Jan 23, 2017
Press Release Number: 13-2017

AirTrain Newark suspended as of 1 p.m.; Free alternate shuttle bus service provided

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has made extensive preparations for personnel and equipment at all of its facilities in advance of an approaching nor'easter storm, which is forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the region tonight into Tuesday morning.

The Port Authority's Office of Emergency Management Watch Desk is in contact with other local, state and federal officials and agencies to discuss regional preparations for the upcoming storm.

Depending on the severity of the storm, airlines may cancel flights in advance, so travelers should check with their carriers before going to the airport. The Port Authority also will have supplies of cots and other essential items ready to accommodate passengers who may become stranded at the airports. In addition, service on AirTrain Newark was suspended at 1 p.m. today and bus shuttles are available as an alternative. AirTrain JFK remains in operation and will be monitored by Port Authority staff.

The Port Authority also urges bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the bus terminals since many public and private carriers may cancel service if conditions warrant. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its trans-Hudson crossings, or close them entirely, if weather conditions warrant. Travelers are urged to exercise caution and drive safely.

For up-to-the-minute updates on Port Authority crossings, airports and the PATH system, travelers are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/.

Travelers may also call 511 or visit 511NY.org or 511NJ.org for further information on regional highway and transit conditions.

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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