Press Release Article


Date: Apr 27, 2004
Press Release Number: 53-2004

The Port Authority will make improvements to the AirTrain JFK station walkway at Federal Circle and the rental car area at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the agency announced today.

The improvements include installation of a canopy along the walkway – from the AirTrain JFK station to a new drop-off area for hotel, airport and rental car buses – and a new security fence around the rental car area.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"These improvements will offer passengers safe, convenient and customer-friendly access to public bus stops and the rental car area, and represent just a small part of the vast $9.4 billion public-private JFK redevelopment program that has delivered many airport enhancements, including new and refurbished passenger terminals, improved roadways and AirTrain JFK.\"

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, \"Our airport investment program is designed with our customers in mind. The new fence at the rental car area will enhance a number of security measures already in place, while the canopy that will be installed on the walkway will shelter travelers from the elements as they connect with AirTrain JFK, the new state-of-the-art rail system that links the airport to the region’s public transportation system.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"Our investment at Federal Circle augments an improvement program that is being performed by our rental car tenants. This project, like so many others at the Port Authority, shows how travelers of this region benefit from the continued financial commitment of the agency and its private partners.\"

Work on the improvement project, which is estimated to cost $2.2 million, is expected to begin next month and be completed in November.

The Port Authority also has made a number of other improvements to AirTrain JFK stations, including new directional and informational signs, and additional ticket vending machines and flight information display monitors.

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.

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