Press Release Article
PORT AUTHORITY TO DELIVER MORE IMPROVEMENTS
AT JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Date: Feb 24, 2005
Press Release Number: 13-2005
Continuing its multibillion-dollar redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Port Authority today approved a $75 million contract for the construction of a new parking garage to serve the new American Airlines terminal now under construction.
When completed, the 1,940-space, five-level facility will be located directly opposite from the new Terminal 8, and will connect to the existing AirTrain JFK station. The contract provides for the construction of the parking garage, entrance and exit plazas, service buildings, roadway modifications and signage, as well as relocation and installation of utilities.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “As the gateway for more than 37 million passengers and nearly two million tons of cargo annually, JFK has secured its place among the world’s most important airports. Making improvements to the airport is vital if we are to continue to provide the best in customer service to our passengers. This commitment to making improvements will encourage and sustain growth as we usher in a new era of efficient aircraft design and air travel.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “The $9.4 billion public-private redevelopment program at JFK has delivered countless improvements: new and enhanced passenger terminals; more efficient roadways; garages providing more than 5,800 centrally located parking spaces; AirTrain JFK and much more. As the Port Authority enters its second half-century of airport stewardship, it does so with a pledge to provide the region’s travelers with the best facilities possible, setting the standard for excellent customer service while preparing the airport for a long and prosperous future.”
Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “The new parking garage is just one example of Kennedy Airport’s renaissance, which has transferred the airport into one of the world’s most efficient. These improvements, together with unprecedented security initiatives that we have undertaken at this airport and at all of our transportation facilities, underscore our commitment to the traveling public.”
Construction of the new garage is scheduled to begin this spring and be completed by spring 2007. Under the terms of its lease, American Airlines is obligated to pay one-third of the cost.
The contract for the construction of the parking garage was awarded to T. Moriarty & Son, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York.
The redevelopment program for Terminals 8 and 9, operated by American Airlines, will include new and improved roadway systems, a new state-of-the-art main terminal and remote concourse.
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.