Press Release Article
PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL
Date: May 22, 2006
Press Release Number: 37-2006
The Port Authority is ready to handle the millions of travelers expected to use the agency’s airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH rail system over the Memorial Day holiday weekend – the unofficial start of the summer season. Airports
“Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and we ask travelers to make their trips easier by checking the status of their flights before departing for the airport and leaving adequate time to check in at the airport and pass through security,” said Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher. “In addition, airport parking may be limited, so we strongly urge travelers to find alternate modes of transportation and to take advantage of our rail link services, AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark.”
“As always, our goal is to provide all travelers with a safe and enjoyable travel experience. We encourage air travelers to familiarize themselves in advance with screening procedures, as well as permitted and prohibited travel items, to help expedite the process at security checkpoints,” said Director of Public Safety/Superintendent of Police 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 anticrime hotline at 800 828-PAPD (7273).”
More than 1.3 million travelers are expected to use the region’s three major airports over the five-day holiday weekend – Friday, May 26, through Tuesday, May 30.
Nearly 585,000 travelers are expected to use Kennedy Airport – a 3 percent increase over the 567,000 passengers who used the airport during the same period last year.
Due to ongoing construction of a new state-of-the-art parking garage at JFK, the parking lot directly across from the American Airlines terminals remains closed, reducing the amount of parking at the airport. When completed in early 2007, the new facility will provide 1,940 public parking spaces.
Travelers who must drive to Kennedy should call 718 244-4444 for parking information or tune to airport radio at 1630 AM for parking updates. Passengers taking advantage of AirTrain JFK can call 877 JFK AirTrain (877 535-2478) for schedules.
More than 447,000 travelers are expected to use Newark Liberty International Airport during the weekend – a 6 percent increase over 2005.
Travelers who must drive to Newark can call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22 for up-to-date parking information, or tune to 530 AM when near the airport. Information also is available for AirTrain Newark, which connects the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail services.
LaGuardia Airport is expected to handle approximately 361,000 travelers. Travelers who must drive to LaGuardia should call 718 533-3850 for parking information.
Parking information for all three airports also can be found at www.panynj.gov.
Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals
The Port Authority expects approximately 3.5 million vehicles to use the agency’s four bridges and two tunnels over the five-day holiday weekend, similar to levels seen in 2005.
The bistate agency will suspend scheduled maintenance and construction at its bridges and tunnels from Friday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Traffic advisories are available at www.panynj.gov. Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal or the George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, as lines may be longer than usual. For more information, call 800 221-9903.
Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)
PATH will operate extra trains as needed for commuters leaving early on Friday, May 26. On Memorial Day, PATH trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. For more information, call 800 234-PATH or visit www.pathrail.com.
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.