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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO HANDLE MORE THAN SIX MILLION TRAVELERS DURING 2019 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Date: May 21, 2019
Press Release Number: 73-2019

Airports project record 2 million passengers will pass through its airports this holiday weekend

Travelers urged to leave extra time, especially if traveling to LaGuardia given the extensive construction activity;

More than 3 million vehicles expected at agency’s tunnels and bridges;

PATH’s World Trade Center Station to remain open during holiday weekend;

Free LaGuardia Link Q70 bus provided to help reduce congestion


More than six million travelers – including a record number of passengers using the Port Authority’s four major airports – are expected to travel through the agency’s facilities during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend – from Friday, May 24, through Tuesday, May 28. To accommodate the record volume, the Port Authority will employ proactive measures to ensure that travelers experience safe and customer friendly journeys through the region’s airports, bridges, tunnels, and rail services.

Airports

The agency anticipates that approximately two million passengers will travel through John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports during the holiday weekend. The total is approximately 56,264 more passengers over 2018 volumes – a 2.9 percent increase – and a new record for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The busiest day at the airports is expected to be Friday, May 24.

To handle the anticipated high volume of travelers, the Port Authority will staff the airports with additional Airport Customer Experience Specialists. Travelers should check with their airlines on the status of their flights before leaving for the airport.

The pick-up location for all LaGuardia Airport Terminal B car services (including Uber, Lyft and other ride-hail providers) is on the second floor of the Terminal B Garage. The new pick-up location for all Terminal C & D car services is now located adjacent to Terminal C on the arrivals level.

Given the peak construction period now under way at the airport, passengers will need to take a shuttle bus to get taxis depending on their flight time and terminal. Terminal B passengers are being shuttled to taxis during high congestion hours on our busiest days: Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays. Terminal C and D passengers are being shuttled to taxis seven days a week during all hours due to the construction of the new terminal. The remote taxi stands are located closer to Manhattan and counterintuitively allow passengers to exit the airport quickly due to reduced congestion on airport frontages and roads.

Travelers should also plan ahead by leaving extra time to travel to and from the airport. The agency encourages the use of mass transit to get to the airports, including AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark, given limited parking availability. Further, the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus will be operating free of charge from 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 20, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 24. Fliers should check www.laguardiaairport.com for tips and the latest information on parking, mass transit and ground transportation alternatives.

For additional information on how passengers can streamline their trip through screening checkpoints, refer to the MyTSA app: https://www.tsa.gov/mobile.

In addition, passengers planning to use Port Authority airports during the Memorial Day weekend can sign up for Airport Info Alerts at http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/. This free, mobile subscription service notifies customers about weather delays and parking lot capacities.

Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals

The Port Authority projects an estimated 3.3 million vehicles will use its bridges and tunnels during the holiday weekend. The agency will have a full complement of toll collectors on duty to expedite travel through its crossings. With passenger traffic expected to be heavier than normal, motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination.

All construction on Port Authority bridges and tunnels, except for emergency work, will be suspended from Friday morning, May 24, through Tuesday morning, May 28, for the holiday weekend. Due to heavier passenger traffic at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, passengers are urged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid waiting in lines prior to their scheduled departure times.

Throughout the holiday weekend, the Port Authority will update roadside variable message signs with real time traffic information. The Port Authority also urges motorists this weekend to travel earlier on Monday to try to save time on their trips. Current travel times on all agency bridges and tunnels can be found on the agency’s mobile application, Crossing Time: www.panynj.gov/CrossingTime.

For the latest traffic information, travelers are encouraged to register for Port Authority Alerts at http://btt.paalerts.com, call 511, or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org. Motorists can receive alerts directly to their cell phones or e-mail accounts. Additionally, travelers are encouraged to download Waze, a free crowdsourced traffic and navigation mobile application. The Port Authority will feed information on lane closures, traffic incidents and other events to the Waze platform in real time.

PATH

PATH’s World Trade Center Station will remain open during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The Port Authority forecasts that about 850,000 passengers will travel on PATH trains during the holiday weekend. PATH will operate additional trains as needed on Friday, May 24, to assist commuters leaving early. PATH will operate on a normal Saturday schedule on Saturday, May 25. On Sunday, May 26, PATH will operate on a Sunday schedule. On Monday, May 27, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule.

For up-to-date service information, riders are encouraged to follow PATH on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PATHTrain. Riders also can sign up for PATHAlerts at www.pathalerts.com, which provides up-to-the-minute bulletins on PATH service changes.

PAPD

The Port Authority Police Department will conduct DWI checkpoints at its bistate crossings – the George Washington Bridge, Holland and Lincoln tunnels, and the three Staten Island Bridges – from approximately 10 p.m. Saturday, May 25, through 6 a.m. Sunday, May 26.

Drivers will be subject to random inspection. The purpose of the DWI checkpoint is to deter and apprehend anyone who operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Intoxication refers to both alcohol and drug impairment. Police also will distribute literature on the dangers of drinking and driving.

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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