Press Release Article


PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL

Date: Aug 29, 2006
Press Release Number: 57-2006

The Port Authority is ready to handle the millions of travelers expected at the agency’s airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH rail system during the Labor Day holiday – the unofficial close of the summer season.

Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher said, “Before heading to the airports, travelers should allow adequate time to park, check-in and clear airport security. Checking with airlines before leaving for the airport can also help them avoid unnecessary delays. Motorists using the Port Authority’s tunnels and bridges should plan routes in advance, as we expect congestion at various times during the holiday weekend. Travelers are also advised to take advantage, to the extent possible, of our mass transportation options like AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark, PATH or buses that arrive and depart from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.”

Port Authority Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Samuel J. Plumeri Jr. said, “The Port Authority remains at a heightened state of alert at all airports, tunnels, bridges, bus terminals and on the PATH system and we remind travelers to be vigilant about their surroundings. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should contact the Port Authority\'s anticrime hotline at 800 828-PAPD (7273).”

Airports

The Port Authority recommends that travelers familiarize themselves with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s air travel security guidelines. Liquids and gels are prohibited from carry-on luggage. Exceptions may be made for small doses of medications as well as baby food. In addition, all passengers will be required to remove their shoes so that they can be X-rayed, along with their carry-on bags. Travelers are encouraged to visit www.tsa.gov for a complete list of guidelines.

Approximately 1.4 million passengers are expected to use the Port Authority’s three major airports between Friday, September 1, and Tuesday, September 5 – the five-day holiday travel period. Nearly 600,000 passengers will use John F. Kennedy International, approximately 488,000 passengers will use Newark Liberty International, and 317,500 passengers are expected to use LaGuardia Airport. This compares to last year’s passenger volumes of 572,000, 448,000 and 316,500, respectively – a 4.5 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 Kennedy and Newark airports. For information on these options, call 800 AIRRIDE.

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 driving 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.

Travelers driving to Newark can call 888 EWR-INFO (888 397-4636) and press 22 for parking information, or tune to 530 AM when near the airport. Passengers taking advantage of AirTrain Newark, which connects the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail services, also can call 888 EWR-INFO for schedules.

For LaGuardia Airport parking information, call 718 533-3850.

Parking information for all three airports also can be found at www.panynj.info.

Tunnels, Bridges and Bus Terminals

More than 1.7 million vehicles are expected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the five-day holiday period – a slight increase over 2005 for the same period. Motorists are encouraged to use mass transit and travel during off-peak hours whenever possible.

The Port Authority will suspend construction projects beginning Friday, September 1, until Tuesday, September 5. Traffic advisories are available online at www.panynj.info.

Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station also are advised to check with their carriers before leaving 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

PATH will operate extra trains as needed for commuters leaving early on Friday, September 1. On Labor Day, PATH will operate on a Sunday schedule. For additional information, call 800 234-PATH or visit www.panynj.info.

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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