Funding Will Soundproof 21 Schools in New York and New Jersey
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized $37 million to provide quieter classrooms in 21 schools in New York and New Jersey as part of a continuing 23-year program to soundproof all schools affected by aircraft noise near the Port Authority’s aviation facilities.
The funding was approved for 13 schools in New York and 8 schools in New Jersey.
New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “The Port Authority’s school soundproofing program has proven to be an effective tool aiding our efforts to foster better learning environments for our students. The program has been an important pact between the agency and the communities affected by our airports.”
New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine said, “I have long stated that improving educational facilities in New Jersey will be a major priority of my administration. Substantially reducing classroom noise is certainly a significant component to our overall efforts.”
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “An integral element of our 10-year strategic plan is being a good neighbor to the residents of the communities we serve. Investing $37 million this year to provide quieter classrooms for area students demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting that goal. Our congressional delegations in New York and New Jersey have done outstanding work in ensuring federal funding continues to be available for this essential program.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “For the past 23 years, the Port Authority has made reducing noise in classrooms a priority by investing more than $356 million. Today’s Board action ensures that we continue this critical effort for the students of New York metropolitan region.”
Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “In 1983, a promise was made to our communities to significantly reduce noise levels in all local schools meeting the criteria. We are keeping our promise and we intend to continue this program for years to come.”
The Port Authority has invested $356.3 million to soundproof 77 schools in New York and New Jersey since the program began in 1983.
All schools in federally defined “noise-affected areas” around Port Authority airports are being soundproofed. The Port Authority’s school-soundproofing program will continue beyond these areas, with the agency determining future eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
The soundproofing program is a joint effort of the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which typically contributes 80 percent of the funding under its Airport Improvement Program. The Port Authority administers the program and provides the balance of the funding.
The Port Authority has been recognized for decades as a leader in the aviation industry in reducing aircraft noise. The agency was one of the first and most persistent airport operators in the nation to successfully lobby the federal government to require the quieter “Stage 3” aircraft on all commercial flights. Two years ago, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners also banned the use of “Stage 1” general aviation aircraft — the oldest and loudest planes — at Teterboro Airport. Currently, the agency is exploring ways to further reduce noise at Teterboro.
As a result of these efforts, the number of people living in federally defined noise-affected areas around Port Authority airports has dropped by 97 percent in recent years.
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 and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit 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.
Below is a complete listing of the 21 schools in the 2006 school-soundproofing program and the money authorized for each of them.
|NEW YORK|| |
|Beach Channel H.S., Rockaway Park ||$1,100,000|
|IS 180Q, Rockaway Park||$1,000,000|
|IS 198Q, Arverne||$200,000|
|Lawrence #2, Lawrence||$1,300,000|
|PS 195Q, Rosedale ||$500,000|
|Vaughn Coll of Aero & Tech, Flushing||$10,300,000|
|John Bowne H.S., Flushing ||$1,000,000|
|Lexington School for the Deaf, Jackson Heights||$500,000|
|PS 146X, Bronx||$500,000|
|PS 5X, Bronx||$500,000|
|Samuel Gompers H.S., Bronx ||$1,000,000|
|St. Anselm, Bronx||$300,000|
|St. Athanasius, Bronx||$300,000|
|NEW JERSEY|| |
|East Side H.S., Newark||$500,000|
|Kearny H.S., Kearny||$500,000|
|Lincoln Elementary, Kearny||$100,000|
|St. Stephen, Kearny ||$100,000|
|H.P. Becton H.S., Carlstadt-E. Rutherford||$11,600,000|
|St. Francis, Hackensack||$100,000|