Program to Provide Additional Soundproofing to 32 Schools
Near the Region’s Four Major Airports
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved a record $45 million for its school soundproofing program, which will create quieter classrooms for children whose schools are located near the region’s four major airports.
New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “We have worked closely with our federal partners over the past 20 years to dramatically reduce the number of classrooms affected by aircraft noise. To date, 42 schools have benefited and we are proud to provide continued funding to this program in order to include as many schools as possible.”
New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, “To provide a quality education, we must first provide a proper learning environment. The $45 million in funding approved today for school soundproofing will benefit thousands of schoolchildren whose classrooms are affected by aircraft noise. I commend the Board of Commissioners for taking action to protect our children’s educational environments.”
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “In 1983, the Port Authority made a commitment to education and created the school soundproofing program to lessen the impact of aircraft noise in our local schools. Today, we’ve expanded that commitment by approving $500,000 more than last year in funding, and providing schools throughout the region with the tools they need to better educate our young people.”
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “Being a good neighbor to the people who live, work and learn near our facilities is a priority of this agency. Our school soundproofing program is one way in which we can give back to our host communities, and we are happy to provide this funding which plays an essential role in the well-being of our young people.”
The school soundproofing program is jointly administered by the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The FAA funds approximately 80 percent of the program costs for schools located near Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, and approximately 90 percent of the costs for schools near Teterboro Airport. The Port Authority funds the remaining. To be eligible for the program, a school must meet FAA-established criteria, which requires schools to be located in an area near the airport that is significantly impacted by noise. Each of the 32 schools taking part in this year’s program previously have received funding.
Since 1983, the Port Authority has committed $271.3 million to the school soundproofing program. The program presently supports a total of 77 schools in New York and New Jersey affected.
A list of the 32 schools participating in the 2004 school soundproofing program is attached.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.
Funding Allocation ($)
East Side High School
St. Casimir School
St. Stephen School
Lincoln Elementary School
Kearny High School
Bergen County Vocational High School
H.P. Becton High School
Jackson Avenue School
South Hackensack, N.J.
St. Francis School
Beach Channel High School
Rockaway Park, N.Y.
Hebrew Academy of Five Towns and Rockaway School
Lawrence No. 2 School
Howard Beach, N.Y.
Rockaway Park, N.Y.
St. Joachim School
St. Pius X School