Press Release Article


Date: Feb 27, 2006
Press Release Number: 13-2006

New Buses to be Manufactured in New York

The Port Authority has authorized the purchase of 21 new hybrid electric-diesel buses - seven each for use at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports - along with 30 new clean diesel buses.

The shuttle buses are vital to the airports\' operations, transporting travelers and employees between long-term parking lots, passenger terminals and cargo areas. Manufacturing and final assembly of the buses will take place at a plant in Oriskany, New York. The initiative is estimated to cost about $21 million, and the buses are expected to be in service by the first quarter of 2007.

New York Governor George E. Pataki said, \"This is great news on two fronts: The Port Authority\'s investment will reduce emissions of its airport shuttle bus fleet, and the investment will support a local business and jobs in New York State. That\'s a win-win equation and we\'re proud to support the initiative.\"

New Jersey Governor Jon. S. Corzine said, \"As stewards of the region\'s major airports, it\'s imperative that we work diligently to reduce emissions. This initiative makes great environmental sense, and we\'ll continue to seek ways to take advantage of future opportunities to do more of the same.\"
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"As part of our ten-year strategic plan, the agency seeks to protect and sustain our facilities for generations. We\'ll accomplish this only if we make environmentally sensible investments such as this shuttle bus purchase, which will result in reduced emissions at our airports. By taking an environmentally sound approach to our business practices today, we will help ensure a safer, cleaner future.\"

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, \"As we modernize our fleets and equipment, we continue to find ways to improve upon our strong record of environmental stewardship. At our seaports, for example, emissions of air pollutants by cargo-handling equipment decreased by one-third between 2002 and 2004 even though the total pieces of equipment increased by 19 percent.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, \"We have been an industry leader in the area of alternative-fueled vehicles since 1990. We presently have 325 such vehicles in our agency\'s fleet, including electric forklifts, bifuel and electric hybrid sedans and ethanol-powered minivans, which has enabled us to consistently meet the requirements of the U.S. Energy Policy Act and Clean Air Act.\"

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.

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