Date: Dec 21, 2007
Press Release Number: 115-2007
Web-Based Service Allows Travelers to Check Wait Times at Airport Checkpoints
Millions of air passengers expected to use the Port Authority’s airports during the year-end holiday travel period no longer have to guess how long anticipated wait times are at security checkpoints. That information is now available on the agency’s Web site - www.panynj.info. The information, provided by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, is based on historical averages at the region’s three major airports.
In all, more than 20 million people are expected to use the Port Authority’s airports, tunnels, bridges, bus terminals and PATH system during the 16-day travel period that began December 15.
Nearly 4.5 million passengers are expected to use the three New York metropolitan area airports between now and the end of the year, with about 2 million travelers expected at JFK International, 1.5 million at Newark Liberty International, 1 million at LaGuardia Airport. Stewart International Airport is expected to handle about 50,000 passengers.
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 718 244-4080 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 (888 397-4636), 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 (800 247-7433). Airport information also is available at www.newarkairport.com, www.kennedyairport.com and www.laguardiaairport.com. Air travelers should check their flight’s status before leaving for the airport, and should allow for heavy holiday road traffic.
For the Transportation Security Administration’s travel tips, including pointers on packing and dressing to help pass through checkpoints more quickly, visit www.tsa.gov.
Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals
Nearly 11 million vehicles are expected to use the Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels during the holiday period. To ease congestion, the Port Authority has suspended all scheduled construction and maintenance work at the George Washington Bridge, Holland and Lincoln tunnels, and the three Staten Island crossings from today to Wednesday, December 26, and again Friday, December 28 to Wednesday, January 2. 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.
Nearly 3 million riders are expected to use PATH during the holiday travel period. PATH will operate on a holiday/Sunday schedule on Christmas and New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, PATH will operate a regular weekday schedule during the evening hours, with frequent service after midnight to accommodate passengers returning from events in New York City. Train service on the Journal Square-to-33rd Street line via Hoboken will operate every 10 minutes after midnight. Service between Newark and the World Trade Center will operate every 15 minutes.
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.