During its monthly meeting today, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners took action on 15 items related to facilities operated by the bistate agency, in addition to the 2007 Budget and Capital Plan, the 2007-2016 Capital Plan, the World Trade Center Memorial and the Freedom Tower lease.
The following actions were taken:
- Adoption of a revised “Open Meetings Rules and Regulations” policy, updating a document adopted in 1992. The new document provides for increased public participation in the business of the Port Authority.
- Authorized $5.75 million to advance planning and engineering work for a parking project in the subgrade of the World Trade Center site. The current World Trade Center Master Plan provides for approximately 630 car parking spaces in four areas located in the East Bathtub, West Bathtub and under the Freedom Tower.
- Authorized a $10 million project to deploy video surveillance systems in public areas at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports.
- Authorized an $80.5 million project for rehabilitation of the Lincoln Tunnel roadway ramps that link to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and to New York City streets.
- Authorized $130 million toward a project to improve portions of North Avenue and adjacent roads in Elizabeth, which are all linked to the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal and Newark Liberty International Airport.
- Authorized a $5 million increase for preliminary engineering design and environmental review for the development of streets, utilities and related infrastructure on the World Trade Center site.
- Authorized the WTC Retail LLC, a wholly owned corporate entity created by the Port Authority, to continue design for the approximately 500,000-square-foot retail development planned for the World Trade Center site.
- Authorized a two-year extension of an agreement with Jones Lang LaSalle for real estate advisory services in connection with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
- Authorized a 42-month lease with NJ Transit Bus Operations Inc., for the operation of the Lincoln Tunnel-North Bergen park-and-ride lot, including providing bus services between the lot and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, through December 2009.
- Authorized the revision of bus carrier fees for commuter bus operations at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.
- Authorized the extension of an existing Memorandum of Understanding with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to perform development feasibility and planning studies for projects that would positively impact Port Authority facilities in New Jersey and stimulate development in cities where Port Authority facilities are located.
- Authorized an agreement with the City of Jersey City, N.J., to provide $4 million towards the construction of a new public safety communications center and a commuter parking facility in Jersey City.
- Authorized the approval of the final terms of an agreement with the Trust for Public Land for the acquisition of an interest in a 75-acre property in Staten Island known as North Mount Loretta Woods as part of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Resources Program.
- Authorized a one-year agreement with the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors, Inc., for the Port Authority to obtain professional services in an amount not to exceed $1.8 million and to provide an annual rent credit of $20,000 to the Regional Alliance to offset the cost of its leased space at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
- Authorized an agreement with the Intrepid Museum Foundation under which the Port Authority would provide $5 million toward the reconstruction of Pier 86 in Manhattan, where the Intrepid has been berthed, and toward the cost of repairing the Intrepid’s hull.
Additional information on the Board actions can be found on the Port Authority’s Web site – www.panynj.info.