Date:  Jun 08, 2009

Press Release Number:  68


TRAVEL ADVISORY - PATH STATIONS TO TAKE PART IN A SECURITY SCREENING PILOT WITH THE TSA

Beginning June 10, PATH passengers will take part in a security screening pilot program at multiple PATH stations. The pilot test is expected to run until July 10 and will not inconvenience passengers or interrupt their commutes.

This pilot is part of both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and PATH efforts to ensure the safety of travelers by testing new technologies that identify individuals who seek to do harm to mass transportation systems. There is no current threat to the mass transit system. The passive millimeter wave passenger screening technology being tested detects threats, including explosive devices hidden under clothing. This technology does not emit radiation of any kind and poses no risk to passengers.

All passengers entering a PATH station taking part in the pilot test are subject to security screening. Passengers who do not wish to be subject to screening must exit the station.

To learn more, visit www.tsa.gov.

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is committed to safety. Since September 11, 2001, the agency has spent more than $3.7 billion on security and is investing more each year at its airports, seaports, bridges, tunnels, bus terminals, and PATH system. The Port Authority is continually gathering intelligence and working closely with its regional transportation partners and the law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.

Contact:
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Jennifer Friedberg, 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; 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 and is a partner in the Access to the Region's Core tunnel project.