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PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL

Date: Aug 25, 2003
Press Release Number: 113-2003

Air Travel Up over Labor Day 2002; Travelers Advised to Allow Time for Parking And Check-In; Road Projects Halted to Make Travel Easier


The Port Authority is ready for the rush of travelers who will take to the roads and skies to mark the unofficial end of summer during the 2003 Labor Day weekend. Nearly 1.2 million people will pass through the region’s three major airports during the five-day holiday period – Friday, August 29, through Tuesday, September 2, and about 2.7 million vehicles are expected to use the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels in both directions.

Holiday air travel is expected to be up 2.3 percent from Labor Day 2002, and the Port Authority continues to encourage air travelers to take advantage of mass transportation to travel to airports.

\"We’ve recently added E-ZPass Plus at JFK and LaGuardia airport parking lots, which is a boon for travelers during this busy holiday weekend,\" said Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto Butcher. \"We are pleased to be able to offer this added convenience to drivers, which give them an easier way to pay for parking and speed their exits, and we remain on schedule to add the same service to Newark Liberty International Airport later this year. However, we continue to remind travelers that a hectic holiday weekend is a good time to use mass transportation or get a ride to the airport.\"

If travelers must drive, it is recommended they call the airport before leaving home to get the up to the minute parking conditions and flight information. Travelers are also urged to arrive 30 minutes earlier than the time recommended by airlines.

The Port Authority continues to operate at a heightened level of security at all of its facilities, as it has since September 11, 2001, and travelers are reminded to allow additional time to pass through security screening at all airports.

For parking information at Newark Liberty International Airport, customers should call 888 EWR-INFO and enter 22. For real-time information on available parking at each of the airport’s lots and mass transit options, customers should call 800 AIR-RIDE, where operator assistance is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists driving to the airport also can obtain detailed parking information by tuning to highway advisory radio at 530 AM, which is broadcast within a mile of the airport.

Customers also can find parking information on the airport’s web site, www.newarkairport.com. The site includes information about parking rates and locations, other transportation options to and from the airport, and nearby off-airport parking lots that offer free shuttle service to the passenger terminals.

AirTrain Newark remains a preferred method of getting to the airport and during the holiday weekend, travelers should expect to see an increase in the number of riders using the rail link. Ridership is expected to be 4,700 riders on Labor Day, up from the average of 3,000 daily riders. Later this year, travelers using John F. Kennedy International Airport will have the same option with the opening of AirTrain JFK.

Due to terminal construction at American Airline’s terminals 8 and 9 at JFK, passengers and people meeting flights may encounter roadway congestion and parking shortages.

Please allow additional time to arrive at the terminal and consider using alternate parking in the long-term lot.

Passengers can log onto JFK\'s web site – www.kennedyairport.com – for information regarding parking rates, locations and transportation options. For the most current information on parking and roadway conditions, customers should call 718 244-4080, 800 AIR-RIDE or listen to the airports highway advisory radio system, 1630 AM.

A list of LaGuardia parking lots, including long-term parking at the airport and additional parking available at several private lots located near the airport, along with other airport information, can be found at the airport’s web site, www.laguardiaairport.com. Travelers can call 718 533-3850 or 800 AIR-RIDE for information on parking availability.

With 2.7 million vehicles expected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels over the holiday weekend, motorists may encounter increased traffic at Port Authority crossings. Travelers are advised to use mass transit or to travel during off-peak hours whenever possible.

To help reduce traffic back-ups, all major construction at the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing will be suspended for the weekend. Construction updates are available for motorists on the agency’s web site, www.panynj.gov, or by calling 800 221-9903.

Port Authority Bus Terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus Station ticket counter lines are expected to form early on Friday, August 29. Travelers should allow extra waiting time.

Bus carrier information for both the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the GWB Bus Station is available through the automated telephone system at 212 564-8484, and on the Port Authority’s web site.

PATH trains will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, September 1. Train service Monday will run every 15 minutes from Newark to Hoboken, Exchange Place to Hoboken, from Journal Square to 33rd Street and from Hoboken to 33rd Street. For further information, travelers can call 800 234-PATH or check PATH’s web site at www.pathrail.com.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include 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 is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.





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