Press Release Article
PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Aug 24, 2004
Press Release Number: 104-2004
Enhanced Security Measures Include GWB Sidewalk Closure
The Port Authority is ready to handle thousands of travelers that will visit New York City during the Republican National Convention that begins Sunday, August 29, along with hundreds of thousands of daily commuters who use the agency’s bridges, tunnels, terminals and PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system.
Working in close coordination with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of the public and security of Port Authority facilities, the agency has implemented several security and operational measures.
Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals
From Sunday, August 29, through Friday, September 3, the south sidewalk of the George Washington Bridge will be closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Following the convention, beginning Saturday, September 4, the south sidewalk will remain closed to pedestrians and bicycles from midnight to 6 a.m.
The commercial vehicle ban at the Holland Tunnel for Manhattan-bound traffic remains in effect. Commercial vehicles with two or three axles are permitted to use the Holland Tunnel in the New Jersey-bound direction. Travelers using the agency’s Hudson River crossings may experience delays due to enhanced security.
PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson)
PATH will add additional service from Hoboken to Christopher, 9th, 14th, 23rd and 33rd Street stations in Manhattan during peak periods from August 30 to September 3. During that week, trains will operate every five minutes instead of every six minutes.
PATH will cross-honor NJ Transit tickets at its Hoboken, World Trade Center, 14th, 23rd and 33rd Street stations from 6 a.m. to midnight during the week of August 30. NJ Transit tickets also will be honored during peak periods at the Christopher and 9th Street PATH stations.
At John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports, the Port Authority has increased staff at its ground transportation counters and in all other customer service positions, and will provide additional staff throughout the three airports to assist travelers as needed. The New York City Host Committee also will have volunteers at each airport to assist convention delegates, guests and media. Extra taxis also will be available at the three airports.
The Port Authority remains on a heightened state of alert following the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
Several security enhancements have been implemented recently, and the agency is investing $1.2 million on security measures during the convention. In addition, the Port Authority already has invested more than $300 million to enhance security at its facilities and is implementing a five-year, $500 million capital plan to reinforce security systems and enhance public safety. Initiatives include cutting-edge technology to improve facility surveillance, perimeter security and access restrictions.
The public is reminded that the Port Authority Police have instituted an anti-crime hotline number. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call 800 828-PAPD (7273).
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 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.