Press Release Article
PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO HANDLE RECORD NUMBER OF TRAVELERS FOR FIVE-DAY THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY PERIOD
Date: Nov 16, 2007
Press Release Number: 99-2007
Stewart International Airport – the PA’s Newest Facility – Gets 350 New Parking Spaces to Help Handle Growing Holiday Traffic Volumes; Big Numbers Also Expected at PATH, Bridges and Tunnels as Travelers are Urged to Allow Extra Time
Nearly six million travelers are expected to use Port Authority airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, November 21 through 25 – the busiest travel period of the year. Nearly 1.7 million passengers are projected to use John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, Stewart International and LaGuardia airports over the five days beginning Wednesday, an increase of more than 2 percent over last year. The Port Authority expects heavy use of its parking facilities at all of the region's airports – especially at Stewart International.
"During the peak holiday travel times, airport parking, especially long-term, quickly reaches capacity," Deputy Executive Director for Operations Ernesto L. Butcher said. "We urge travelers to leave their cars at home and have someone drop them off, or use the AirTrains, mass transit, taxis or livery cars to get to the airport. Travelers using Stewart Airport should remember that parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis until more parking areas can be added."
Port Authority Director of Public Safety/Superintendent of Police Samuel J. Plumeri Jr. said, "The Port Authority will remain at a heightened state of alert at all airports, bridges, tunnels, bus terminals and the PATH system. We urge travelers to be vigilant about their surroundings and report suspicious activity via the Port Authority’s anticrime hotline, 800 828-PAPD (7273)."
Stewart International Airport – the Port Authority’s newest facility – is expected to handle 17,000 passengers during the holiday travel period. The Port Authority is adding 350 extra parking spaces at Stewart next week to meet the growing demand, and parking facilities are expected to fill up quickly. In addition, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners recently authorized $17 million for future roadway and parking improvements.
About 728,000 passengers will use Kennedy Airport, 547,000 will use Newark Airport and more than 396,000 are expected at LaGuardia Airport during the holiday period.
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 the 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 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) 533-3850.
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 airline before leaving for the airport and arrive 30 minutes earlier than recommended by the airline.
For the Transportation Security Administration’s travel tips, including pointers on packing and dressing to help travelers pass through checkpoints more quickly, visit www.tsa.gov.
Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals
More than 3.5 million travelers are expected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the five-day weekend holiday period. No traffic-impacting construction projects are scheduled to take place at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the three Staten Island bridges during the holidays. For the most up-to-date information on construction, call the agency’s tunnels and bridges "Customer Connection" line at 800 221-9903 or visit the Port Authority’s Web site.
At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, passenger traffic is expected to be heavier than normal, so customers are urged to allow extra travel time.
About 665,000 riders are expected to use PATH November 21 to 25, up from 619,000 last year. PATH will operate on a holiday/weekend schedule on Thanksgiving Day, with trains running every 15 minutes between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
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, and Stewart International airports; 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.