Press Release Article
PORT AUTHORITY PREPARES TO HANDLE THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
Date: Nov 20, 2003
Press Release Number: 152-2003
PATH’s World Trade Center Station Opens for Holiday Travelers;
Construction Suspended at Bridges and Tunnels; Warnings About Limited Parking Available for Air Travelers
About 4.4 million travelers are expected to use Port Authority airports, bridges and tunnels during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend – the busiest travel period of the year. About one million passengers are projected to use John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports during the Thanksgiving holiday period, a 6.5-percent increase over last year. The Port Authority expects heavy use of its parking at all of the region\'s airports.
“During the peak holiday travel times, airport parking, especially long-term, will be limited,” said Ernesto L. Butcher, Chief Operating Officer for the Port Authority. “We urge travelers to leave their cars at home and have someone drop them off at a terminal, or use mass transit, taxis or limousines to get to the airport.”
Passengers can call 800 AIR-RIDE for up-to-date information on transportation options including the Port Authority’s AirTrain Newark, which connects Newark Liberty Airport to New Jersey Transit and Amtrak rail service. For current parking information at Newark Liberty International Airport, call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22, or tune radios to 530 AM when near the airport. Those planning to park at JFK can call 718 244-4444 or listen to 1630 AM for updates. For LaGuardia Airport parking information, call 718 533-3400 or tune into airport radio at 530 AM. Information on parking can also be found on the Port Authority website – www.panynj.gov.
Mr. Butcher also said it would take longer for travelers to check in and board their flights due to increased security. Travelers should allow extra time beyond what the airline recommends.
More than 3.4 million travelers are expected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the five-day weekend holiday period. To ease congestion, the Port Authority will suspend construction and scheduled maintenance work at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the three Staten Island bridges starting Wednesday, November 26, until Monday, December 1. For more information on construction, call the agency’s tunnels and bridges “Customer Connection” line at 800 221-9903 or visit the Port Authority’s website.
PATH will operate on a holiday/weekend schedule on Thanksgiving Day, with trains running every 15 minutes between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The temporary World Trade Center PATH Station – the final piece of the Port Authority’s $566 million program to restore interstate rail service that was severed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – opens on November 23.
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.