Date:  Dec 08, 2008

Press Release Number:  143


PA Soliciting Questions on Construction of World Trade Center Transportation Hub

The Port Authority today began providing the public with a front-row seat to the activity behind the World Trade Center fence, and outside of it, to those who register to receive e-mail or text message updates about rebuilding issues. The “WTC Updates” will provide notification via text message about progress happening at the site, as well as important community, commuter and traffic information, new construction photos and videos, Web site features, and press releases.

The Port Authority also announced that it has launched the second “Ask the Port Authority” feature on its World Trade Center Web site -

The public is invited to submit questions about the World Trade Center Transportation Hub to Mark Pagliettini, the head of construction for the project. Questions will be taken through December 9, and answers will be provided on the Web site. Those who sign up for the WTC updates system will be alerted via e-mail or text message that their questions have been answered.

The World Trade Center electronic updates are the most recent customer-service initiative launched by the Port Authority to provide real-time information to those who use its airports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system. The agency now allows customers to receive real-time information about delays and incidents that would impact their travel plans. Since the PATH alerts system was activated in 2006, approximately 36,000 customers have subscribed.

Those who wish to subscribe to the World Trade Center updates service should go to the Web site. The site was launched this fall to provide up-to-date information about the rebuilding as part of the agency’s efforts to improve transparency and accountability.

The Port Authority designed the WTC alerts system with the assistance of MIS Sciences Corporation of Burbank, California.

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.