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PORT AUTHORITY READIES AIRTRAIN JFK FOR SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON

Date: May 14, 2007
Press Release Number: 39-2007

AirTrain JFK Poster Contest Winners Presented as Agency Announces Latest Ridership Numbers; Entire Rail Fleet to get New Seats and Flooring


AirTrain JFK Poster Contest Winners - click here for photo


At an event today to unveil winning students’ artwork in AirTrain JFK’s “What I Like About New York” poster contest, Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris also announced that AirTrain JFK is in full gear as the peak summer travel season approaches.

Through the first four months of 2007, the system handled 1,312,823 paid passengers – an increase of more than 15 percent over the same period in 2006 – in addition to the tens of thousands of daily riders who use the system free of charge to travel between the airport’s Central Terminal Area, long-term parking and rental car areas. Monday’s event also included the first of AirTrain JFK’s fleet to feature new seats and flooring. By the end of June, all 32 cars in the fleet will be re-outfitted.

The poster contest winners, whose artwork will be displayed aboard AirTrain JFK through October, are Anjila Boadnaraine, 5th grade, P.S. 178 (Jamaica Estates); Cierra Cherry, 5th grade, P.S. 134 (Hollis); Emily Chow, 7th grade, MS 158 (Bayside); Mary Anne Ines, 6th grade, MS 210 (Ozone Park); Sol Lee, 8th grade, MS 158; Willie Pan, 7th grade, MS 158; and Catherine Yang, 6th grade, MS 158.

Each of the winning students will receive a $50 gift certificate from the Aviation Development Council toward the purchase of art supplies, and their teachers each will receive a $200 gift certificate toward the purchase of classroom art supplies. Winners also receive family passes from the New York Aquarium. More than 535 students from four schools near JFK participated in the contest. Today’s event was part of National Tourism Week, which began Saturday, and was held at AirTrain JFK’s Jamaica Terminal in Jamaica, Queens.

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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