Press Release Article
PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR RECORD TRAVEL
DURING LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Date: Aug 28, 2007
Press Release Number: 68-2007
Agency Recommends Public Transit and AirTrain to Avoid Heavy Traffic
And Limited Parking at Region’s Three Major Airports
The Port Authority is ready to handle a record five million travelers expected to use the agency’s airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH system during the Labor Day weekend – the unofficial close of the summer season.
Ernesto L. Butcher, the Port Authority’s Deputy Executive Director for Operations, said, “We strongly urge air travelers to use public transportation and leave their cars at home if possible because parking at the region’s major airports will be limited. As an alternative, passengers using JFK or Newark Liberty airports should consider using our AirTrain systems, which operate around the clock and connect with major public transportation systems in New York and New Jersey.”
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 the PATH system. We remind travelers to be vigilant about their surroundings, and anyone who sees suspicious activity should contact the Port Authority’s anticrime hotline at 800 828-PAPD (7273).”
Nearly 1.5 million passengers are expected to travel through the three major airports during the five-day holiday period – Friday, August 31, to Tuesday, September 4. About 700,000 passengers will use John F. Kennedy International, 500,000 will use Newark Liberty International and 300,000 will use LaGuardia Airport, which represents a 7 percent increase over last year’s totals at all three airports.
AirTrain JFK connects to New York City mass transit via stations at Jamaica and Howard Beach. More information is available by calling 877 JFK AirTrain (877 535-2478). Travelers who must drive to this airport can call 718 244-4444 for parking information or tune in to airport radio 1630 AM for parking updates.
AirTrain Newark connects to Amtrak and NJ Transit trains via the Northeast Corridor rail line. More information is available by calling 888 EWR INFO, which also offers Newark airport parking information. Travelers also can tune radios to 530 AM when approaching the airport.
For LaGuardia Airport parking information, call 718 533-3400.
More information on AirTrain and other public transportation alternatives is available by calling 800 AIR-RIDE. Airport information also is available at www.newarkairport.com, www.kennedyairport.com and www.laguardiaairport.com.
Air travelers should check with their airlines before leaving for the airport and arrive 30 minutes earlier than recommended by the airline.
Tunnels, Bridges, Bus Terminals
About 3.5 million vehicles are projected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the five-day holiday period, a 3 percent increase over the same period last year. Travelers are urged to use mass transit and travel during off-peak hours whenever possible.
The Port Authority will suspend bridge and tunnel construction projects beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, August 31, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 4. Traffic advisories are available online at www.panynj.gov.
Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, as lines may be longer than normal due to higher passenger volumes. For more information, call 800 221-9903, 24 hours a day.
The giant American flag will be flown at the George Washington Bridge from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day.
PATH will provide extra service as needed for commuters leaving early on Friday, August 31. On Labor Day, PATH will operate on a Sunday schedule. For additional information, call 800 234-PATH or visit www.panynj.gov.
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.