Date: Feb 27, 2008
Press Release Number: 20-2008
Stewart International Airport today celebrated a new route offered by Skybus between the Hudson Valley and Greensboro/Winston-Salem, N.C., a month after the airport's newest airline carrier launched its inaugural service between the Hudson Valley and Columbus, Ohio.
With the expansion of airline service at Stewart, the shuttle bus operating between the airport and the Metro-North Railroad's Beacon Station has seen a dramatic increase in ridership.
In January, more than 900 passengers utilized the service, eclipsing the total ridership of 802 passengers for all of 2007. In the first 21 days of February, 823 passengers used the shuttle to make their trip to and from the airport.
To meet the increased demand, shuttle operator Leprechaun Bus Line, working with the New York State Department of Transportation, added a weekday evening trip to the schedule and began using larger buses during peak time. Leprechaun also launched weekend service on the shuttle line on January 26. The shuttle service now has eight round trips on Saturdays and Sundays in conjunction with flight schedules at the airport, and can be amended and expanded to meet further schedule and passenger demand.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "Expanding mass transit to Stewart and adding new flights at low fares will make Stewart a more attractive option for those traveling to and from our region. Introduction of these services is a strong endorsement of the Port Authority's plan to invest significant resources in Stewart."
Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris said, "Weekend bus service to Stewart will be a real boost for the region's flyers. This is what it means to grow an airport - adding services, adding options, adding value."
A recent report from the United States Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation shows Stewart International Airport had the nation's second-lowest fares measured by average fare-per-mile.
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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.