Press Release Article


PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL

Date: Jun 25, 2004
Press Release Number: 85-2004

The Port Authority is ready to facilitate the fast and safe movement of millions of travelers expected to use its three major airports, tunnels and bridges, bus terminals and the PATH system this Fourth of July holiday weekend – Wednesday, June 30, through Monday, July 5.

Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher advises auto and air travelers to allow extra time to get to their destinations to compensate for the increased traffic expected at agency facilities during the holiday weekend.

Airports


The number of travelers using the region’s three major airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia – is expected to increase by 8.4 percent over 2003, to 1.7 million passengers.

“Increased airport use may make parking at all three airports hard to find,” Mr. Butcher said. “We ask travelers to consider using AirTrain JFK, AirTrain Newark, other mass transit options, licensed taxis or limousines, or asking a friend to drive them.”

About 699,000 travelers are expected to use Kennedy Airport during the holiday weekend – a 13 percent increase over the more than 618,000 travelers last year.

This increase, coupled with construction in JFK’s long-term parking lot, may cause a parking shortage. Travelers who must drive to Kennedy Airport may call 718 244-4444 for parking information.

About 591,000 passengers are expected to use Newark Liberty International Airport during the July 4 weekend – a 5 percent increase over the more than 562,000 passengers who used the airport last year. Travelers may have difficulty finding parking and are urged to call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22 for up-to-date parking information.

LaGuardia Airport is expected to handle about 426,000 passengers during the holiday weekend – a 6.1 percent increase over the 401,000 passengers last year. Parking may also be hard to find at LaGuardia Airport. For the most current parking information, travelers can call 718 533-3400.

For information about transportation to and from Port Authority airports, travelers can call 800 AIR-RIDE or visit the Port Authority Web site – www.panynj.gov. Travelers should check the status of their flights with their airlines before leaving home, and allow extra time to check in.

Tunnels, Bridges and Bus Terminals


During the holiday period, the Port Authority is expecting about 4 million vehicles to use its six interstate crossings – the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing.

To improve mobility during the holiday, the Port Authority will suspend scheduled construction work at its bridges and tunnels Friday evening through Tuesday morning. Traffic advisories are available online at www.panynj.gov. Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, as lines may be longer than usual. For more information, call 800 221-9903.

PATH


PATH will operate extra trains as needed for commuters leaving early on Friday, July 2. PATH will operate its normal Saturday schedule on July 3. On Independence Day, PATH will operate a Sunday schedule, with extra trains in the evening for revelers heading to and from the New York City fireworks display. On Monday, July 5, PATH will operate a Sunday schedule. For additional information, call 800 234-PATH or visit 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 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 Port Authority-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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