Press Release Article


Date: Dec 17, 2004
Press Release Number: 160-2004

Forecast Calls for Snow Late Sunday Night into Monday

With forecasters calling for the potential of snow late Sunday night into Monday, the Port Authority is prepared with more than 280 pieces of heavy snow equipment and thousands of tons of salt, sand and deicing chemicals.

Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher said, “Last winter, the Port Authority clearly showed it can keep up with Mother Nature’s fury. Its dedicated staff and resources made it possible to keep the region’s airports, tunnels, bridges, seaports and PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) system operating – even during extremely harsh winter conditions. This year we are just as ready to handle any winter storm that may come at any time. All of our facilities have added more equipment and materials to do everything possible to minimize the inconvenience to the traveling public and help get them to their destinations safely.”

When snow is in the forecast, the Port Authority has extra staff on duty at all of its facilities. During the most severe storms, Port Authority employees work around the clock in 12-hour shifts. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

The Port Authority’s winter weather arsenal features:

  • 171 pieces of heavy snow equipment at the airports – including new, modern multiuse units that can plow, brush and blow snow at 35 mph, melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour, and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph.

  • 111 pieces of snow equipment at bridges, tunnels and PATH.

  • 1,900 tons of salt and 2,200 tons of sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus more than 2,200 tons of salt for the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels.

  • More than 207,000 gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus 820 tons of solid deicers, which break up ice and snow already on the ground.

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; 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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