Date: May 22, 2007
Press Release Number: 43-2007
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.
“Ensuring safe, enjoyable trips for all of our customers during these holiday travel spikes is always a test of our mettle,” said Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris. “We also need the public’s help to provide a smooth trip through our facilities.
“Air travelers should leave extra time to check in at our airports and to pass through security,” Mr. Shorris said. “Also, airport parking may be limited, so travelers should consider finding other ways to get to the terminal. They can take cabs or get a ride, of course, but there are also plenty of mass transit options available, including our AirTrain systems. That way, travelers can do themselves and our environment a favor.”
More than 1.4 million travelers are expected to use the region’s three major airports over the five-day holiday weekend – Friday, May 25, through Tuesday, May 29.
More than 606,000 travelers are expected to use John F. Kennedy International Airport, an 8 percent increase over the 561,000 passengers who used the airport during the same period last year.
Passengers are encouraged to take AirTrain JFK from the Jamaica or Howard Beach stations to the airport terminals. Those who must drive to Kennedy should call 718 244-4080 for parking information or tune to airport radio at 1630 AM for parking updates.
More than 480,000 travelers are expected to use Newark Liberty International Airport during the weekend – a 1.6 percent increase over 2006. Passengers traveling to and from the airport are advised to take AirTrain Newark, which links the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail service. 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.
LaGuardia Airport is expected to handle approximately 339,000 travelers. Passengers who must drive to LaGuardia should call 718 533-3850 for parking information.
Parking information for all three airports can be found at www.panynj.info.
Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals
The Port Authority expects approximately 3.4 million vehicles to use the agency’s four bridges and two tunnels over the five-day holiday weekend, similar to levels in 2006.
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.info. 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 25. On Memorial Day, PATH trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. For more information, call 800 234-PATH or visit www.panynj.info.
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.