Press Release Article
PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL
Date: Aug 25, 2005
Press Release Number: 92-2005
The Port Authority is ready to handle the millions of travelers expected at the agency’s airports, bridges, tunnels and the PATH rail system during the 2005 Labor Day holiday – the unofficial close of the summer season. Airports
“Air travelers should check with their airlines before leaving for the airport and arrive 30 minutes earlier than recommended by the airlines to allow adequate time to park and negotiate airport security,” said Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto Butcher. “Motorists should plan their routes in advance, as we expect congestion at the bridges and tunnels, and all travelers should use mass transportation whenever possible over the weekend.”
“We remain on a heightened state of alert and the Port Authority Police will continue to patrol all facilities over the holiday weekend to ensure the safety of the traveling public,” said Port Authority Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Samuel J. Plumeri Jr. “We also remind travelers to be vigilant about their surroundings. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call the Port Authority\'s anti-crime hotline at 800 828-PAPD (7273).\"
More than 1.3 million passengers are expected to use the Port Authority’s three commercial airports between Friday, September 2, and Tuesday, September 6 – the five-day holiday travel period. Approximately 595,000 passengers will use John F. Kennedy International Airport, nearly 425,000 passengers will use Newark Liberty International Airport, and 307,000 passengers are expected to use LaGuardia Airport. This compares to last year’s passenger volumes of 534,000, 406,000, and 296,000, respectively – a 7.3 percent increase over the previous year.
Airport parking lots are expected to fill quickly, and travelers should consider mass transit options that connect with AirTrain services at both Kennedy and Newark Liberty International airports. For information on these options, call 800 AIRRIDE.
Due to ongoing construction, travelers and others meeting flights at American Airlines terminals 8 and 9 at JFK may experience congestion and possible parking shortages. 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, customers can call 718 244-4444 or tune radios to 1630 AM when approaching the airport.
For Newark 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 718 533-3850.
Parking information also is available at www.newarkairport.com, www.kennedyairport.com and www.laguardiaairport.com.
Tunnels, Bridges and Bus Terminals
Nearly 3.5 million vehicles are expected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the five-day holiday period – a slight increase over 2004. Motorists are encouraged to use mass transit and travel during off-peak hours whenever possible.
The Port Authority will suspend construction projects beginning at noon Friday, September 2, until 7 a.m. Tuesday, September 6. Traffic advisories are available online at www.panynj.gov.
Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station also are advised to check with their carriers before departing home and should allow extra time, as lines may be longer than normal due to higher passenger volumes. For more information, call the Customer Connection at 800 221-9903.
PATH will operate extra trains as needed for commuters leaving early on Friday, September 2. On Labor Day, PATH will operate a Sunday schedule. 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.