Press Release Article


Date: Oct 22, 2004
Press Release Number: 127-2004

AirTrain JFK and Parking Lot C Garage at Newark Liberty International Airport Recognized for Excellence in 2004 National Concrete Transit Award

AirTrain JFK at John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Parking Lot C garage at Newark Liberty International Airport were named winners of the Portland Cement Association’s Third Annual Concrete in Transit Awards. The awards will be presented on Sunday, October 24, during the American Concrete Institute’s Fall Convention in San Francisco.

The awards recognize excellence in the design and construction of public transportation facilities. Entries were judged on creativity, aesthetics, economics and functionality.

Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher said, “These awards are a testament to the Port Authority’s commitment to excellence. Our airports are a gateway for nearly 90 million passengers a year, and we expect passenger growth to average more than 3 percent annually over the next decade. It is imperative that we continue to make investments in initiatives that provide travelers with the finest transportation facilities possible.”

The 8.1-mile AirTrain JFK light-rail system connects JFK to the New York City subway system and the Long Island Rail Road commuter line. Built, managed and maintained by Bombardier Transportation under contract to the Port Authority, AirTrain JFK enables tens of thousands of air travelers and airport employees to travel to, from, and within the airport quickly and conveniently every day.

Construction of the 3,400-space, four-level parking garage at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C was planned to allow occupancy in stages, starting in the summer of 2001. The garage was fully operational by April 2002. The structure has a curved shape that conforms to adjacent airport roadways and has two 40-foot-wide light wells that allow daylight to penetrate to all four levels for pedestrian safety.

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.

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