Press Release Article


PORT AUTHORITY PREPARES FOR FOURTH MAJOR WINTER NOR’EASTER IN PAST THREE WEEKS

Date: Mar 20, 2018
Press Release Number: 52-2018

The fourth winter Nor’Easter in the past three weeks is forecast to begin in the New York-New Jersey region after midnight tonight and continue through Wednesday with heavy wet snow and high winds expected. In preparation, the Port Authority has taken significant measures to ensure safe, efficient operations at its airports, tunnels, bridges, terminals, port facilities and PATH system.

The National Weather Service currently forecasts that snow will begin after midnight tonight and continue through late Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning. The forecast calls for at least 6 inches of wet snow with as much as 14 inches possible in New York City and New Jersey. Winds will be 25 to 35 mph with some gusts of 40 to 45 mph.

The Port Authority has made extensive preparations for personnel and equipment at all of its facilities. The agency will activate its main agency-wide Emergency Operations Center in Jersey City at 6 a.m. Wednesday to monitor storm conditions. Facility specific Emergency Operations Centers will be activated beginning tonight and early Wednesday morning at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. The Port Authority also is in contact with the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as other local and federal officials and agencies to coordinate responses to this winter storm.

In advance of the storm, the Port Authority has made plans to provide busing in the event that service on AirTrain Newark or AirTrain JFK must be suspended due to snow or high winds.

Airlines are currently making decisions about whether flights will be cancelled in advance, so travelers should check with their carriers to make sure their flight will be taking off before going to the airport tonight and Wednesday. If warranted, the Port Authority also is prepared to partner with airlines and terminal operators to accommodate ticketed passengers who may become stranded at the airports. Each airport is stocked with critical supplies such as cots, blankets, diapers and baby formula to provide stranded customers.

At the tunnels and bridges, the Port Authority urges bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the bus terminals since many public and private carriers may cancel or delay service if conditions warrant. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings, or close them entirely based on weather conditions.

All cargo container facilities in the Port of New York and New Jersey will be closed on Wednesday due to the winter weather.

PATH plans to operate regular service on Wednesday.

The Port Authority has the following winter weather equipment and supplies ready at its major transportation facilities:

  • 524 pieces of snow equipment at its airports, including melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph;
  • 94 pieces of snow equipment at its bridges and tunnels;
  • Thousands of tons of salt and sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus thousands of tons of salt and sand for the bridges and tunnels;
  • Hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid anti-ice chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus thousands of tons of solid de-icers, which break up snow and ice already on the ground;
  • Plow equipped trains, liquid snow-melting agent trains and a “jet engine” plow to remove snow from PATH tracks, and snow blowers, plows and spreaders to clear station entrances, roads that serve PATH’s 13 stations, and various support facilities.
  • Generators and pumps have been checked to assure all are operational if needed.

Customers can access up-to-date information on conditions at Port Authority facilities on the Port Authority’s website by clicking here, which includes live feeds of its respective social media channels. In addition to the website, travelers also are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/ or follow @PANYNJ. Travelers may also call 511 or visit 511NY.org or 511NJ.org for further information on highway conditions.

Contact:
The 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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