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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO HANDLE JULY 4 HOLIDAY TRAFFIC AS AIR TRAVEL VOLUMES CONTINUE TO SOAR

Date: Jun 27, 2005
Press Release Number: 75-2005

The Port Authority is ready to move millions of travelers through the agency’s airports, bridges, tunnels and the PATH rail system during the Independence Day holiday – one of the busiest travel times of the summer.

“Leave early and allow extra time to negotiate airport security, possible parking shortages, and bridge and tunnel congestion,” Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto Butcher said. “Air travelers should check with their airlines before leaving for the airport and arrive 30 minutes earlier than recommended by the airline. Also, consider using mass transportation whenever possible.”

Airports


More than 1.7 million passengers are expected to use the Port Authority three commercial airports between Wednesday, June 29, and Monday, July 4 – the six-day holiday travel period. About 685,000 passengers will use Kennedy International, almost 569,000 passengers will use Newark Liberty Airport, and almost 427,000 passengers will use LaGuardia Airport. This compares to last year’s passenger volumes of 644,000, 563,000, and 416,000 respectively – a 3.6 percent increase over last year.

Airport parking lots are expected to fill quickly during the weekend, and travelers should consider mass transit options that include the AirTrain services at both Kennedy and Newark Liberty International airports. For information on these options, travelers can call 1800 AIRRIDE.

Travelers and others meeting flights at American Airlines terminals 8 and 9 at JFK may experience congestion and possible parking shortages due to construction. It will be necessary to allow extra time to arrive at these terminals and consider alternate parking in the long-term lots. For the latest information on parking conditions at JFK, travelers can call 718 244-4444 or tune radios to 1630 AM when approaching the airport.

For Newark Liberty Airport parking information, call 888 EWR-INFO and select 22, or tune radios to 530 AM when approaching the airport. For LaGuardia Airport parking information, call 718 533-3400.

Information also is available at www.newarkairport.com, www.kennedyairport.com and www.laguardiaairport.com.

Tunnel, Bridges and Bus Terminals


About 4.2 million vehicles are projected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the six-day holiday period – a 1 percent increase over last year. Travelers are urged to use mass transit and travel during off-peak hours whenever possible.

The Port Authority will suspend construction projects beginning Friday afternoon, July 1, until Tuesday morning, July 5. 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 normal due to higher passenger volumes. For more information, call 800 221-9903.

PATH


PATH will operate extra trains as needed for commuters leaving early on Friday, July 1. On Independence Day, PATH will operate a Sunday schedule, adding extra trains in the evening for revelers heading to and from the New York City fireworks display. For additional information, call 800 234-PATH or visit www.panynj.gov/path.

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 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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