Press Release Article


Date: Sep 30, 2019
Press Release Number: 159-2019

Port of New York and New Jersey reports all-time monthly cargo record in August; Continues to hold No. 2 position in the nation over Long Beach;

Port Authority airports achieve second busiest August on record, keeping airports on track for a record-breaking 2019;

PATH reports weekday ridership record, moving more than 7 million passengers in August;

Goethals Bridge hits new August record, handling 1,606,000 eastbound vehicles

The Port Authority reported today that its seaport, airport, PATH and new Goethals Bridge handled record numbers of air and rail passengers, vehicles and international cargo in August 2019, which comes at a time when the agency has been making historic commitments to modernizing its infrastructure and to providing exceptional customer experiences.


John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia all continued to show strong growth in the month of August, with Newark Liberty handling the highest number of passengers for any August in its history. Overall, the airports had both the busiest August and the busiest summer in the Port Authority’s history, handling an estimated 13.2 million passengers in August alone. The airports’ January-to-August total was also a record at 94.5 million passengers, keeping our airport system on track to set another annual passenger volume record in 2019. The year-to-date passenger volumes grew by 1.9 percent above the 92.7 million passengers handled in 2018, the previous record high for that eight-month period.

Port of New York and New Jersey:

The Port Department’s streak of record-setting months continues, having handled an all-time record of 676,311 TEUs, the highest monthly total for any month ever recorded in the port’s history. It surpassed the previous record set in July 2019. The Port also set a new August record for cargo handled by rail, moving 60,212 containers.

The Port’s strong August performance has allowed it to maintain its position as the second-busiest port in the nation ahead of Long Beach, a ranking that the Port of New York and New Jersey earned for the first time in over two decades earlier this year.


The PATH system moved slightly more than 7 million passengers in August 2019, with an average weekday ridership of approximately 281,000 passengers. The average weekday ridership represents a new August record with the exception of the artificially high ridership handled by the PATH system in August 2017 during that year’s “Summer of Hell,” which necessitated extraordinary levels of cross-honoring. PATH’s year-to-date average weekday ridership is 283,738, which is 1.6 percent higher than the year-to-date weekday ridership of 279,390 in 2018.

Bridges and Tunnels:

The new Goethals Bridge handled a record number of eastbound vehicles in August 2019 at 1,606,000, up nearly 3 percent over the previous record set in August 2018.

The Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels continued their steady growth of the last five years, up 1% this August over August 2018.

The 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 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

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