Press Release Article


Date: Jul 31, 2003
Press Release Number: 100-2003

New Communication Will Speed Flow of Traffic and Improve Safety

The Port Authority today announced a contract to install new signs on the ramp that connects the Lincoln Tunnel and the Port Authority Bus Terminal to dramatically improve communication with users of the midtown Manhattan terminal. The new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) signs will quickly communicate accurate information regarding traffic conditions and provide directions to bus drivers and private vehicles entering and exiting the bus terminal.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"With more than 7,000 buses, 200,000 travelers and 1,000 passenger cars arriving and departing each day at the midtown bus terminal, the Port Authority recognized a need to provide timely and accurate information for drivers regarding emergencies, construction, congestion or other situations affecting the flow of traffic.\"

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, \"Given all of the new economic development in midtown Manhattan, including the 42nd Street Redevelopment Program, it is more important than ever to apply whatever strategies we can to improve traffic conditions in and out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Lincoln Tunnel.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"Some of the signs on the bus ramp date back to the 1960s. Traffic conditions and the need to communicate information to bus drivers and users of the Port Authority Bus Terminal parking lot have changed dramatically over the past 40 years. Using the latest ITS technology, these new signs will allow us to quickly communicate with drivers, improving the overall efficiency and safety of cars and buses in and out of the busiest bus terminal in the world.\"

The approximately $6 million contract with Yonkers Electric Contracting Company of Yonkers, N.Y., includes the installation of 11 electronic variable-message signs (VMS) that will allow Port Authority staff to transmit various messages regarding traffic, weather, construction or other conditions to drivers of cars and buses using the Lincoln Tunnel ramp. The project also will include 63 new static signs and 41 traffic signals.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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