Date:  Nov 06, 2008

Press Release Number:  127


Agency to Solicit Questions About Construction And Community Issues on World Trade Center Web Site

The Port Authority today ramped up an initiative to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses around the World Trade Center construction site. To kick off the effort, the agency has planned a series of community enhancements and will solicit questions from the public about construction and community issues beginning today on the World Trade Center Web site -

During today's Board of Commissioners meeting, Executive Director Chris Ward briefed the commissioners on efforts the agency will take to be good neighbors at the site. One of the initiatives is the creation of the Office of Program Logistics, which will be the focal point for planning the smooth movement of vehicles and pedestrians around the site. The office will provide regular updates to residents and businesses and will be the point of contact for anyone who has questions about rebuilding or community issues.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "In taking on the enormous challenge to rebuild the World Trade Center site, we also accepted the responsibility to maintain the quality of life for those who live and work in the surrounding area. This initiative will enable us to keep people informed about what's going on behind the fence, and we will work hard to develop solutions to traffic and pedestrian issues that arise on the streets and sidewalks around the site."

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, "As work on the site ramps up, we will ramp up our efforts to be good neighbors. The construction at the World Trade Center site must move forward, but at the same time we must listen to those most affected by it and work to make their quality of life as good as we can."

As part of its quality-of-life efforts, the agency recently hired renowned traffic expert Sam Schwartz, who will work in the Office of Program Logistics to find creative solutions to improve the movement of people and equipment around the site.

Mr. Schwartz recently walked the site with community leaders to gain their input so he can incorporate community concerns into traffic-engineering solutions to problems resulting from the construction.

As a result of that walk, several short-term initiatives will be implemented, including:

  • installing clear, visible signs to deter illegal vending around the site, and more aggressive patrols by the Port Authority Police to deter this activity;

  • paving a portion of Liberty Street between Greenwich and Washington streets under the existing pedestrian shed to make it easier for pedestrians to walk through the area;

  • installing lighting under the pedestrian shed on Liberty Street between Greenwich and Washington streets, and painting the plywood construction walls in that area;

  • replacing the fence around the World Trade Center site with a new, clean and informative wrapping of designs depicting the current progress on the site, what the site will look like when it is rebuilt, and improving wayfinding signs so pedestrians can get to their destinations faster and more easily; and

  • reviewing ways to improve the flow of pedestrians at the intersection of Church and Vesey streets, perhaps the most congested area around the site.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Candace McAdams or Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777

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, Stewart International 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.