Date:  Feb 02, 2014

Press Release Number:  28


PORT AUTHORITY LIGHTS THE SPIRE OF ONE WTC GREEN TO HONOR THE SEAHAWKS FOR WINNING SUPER BOWL XLVIII

Departing Seahawks and Broncos Fans Urged to Check with Airline Carriers with Winter Snowstorm Beginning Tonight

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey tonight lit the spire of One World Trade Center green to honor the Seattle Seahawks for winning Super Bowl XLVIII, and urges fans of both teams to have a safe trip home whether they are traveling locally or out of town through one of the agency’s three major airports. The agency looks forward to the game returning to the New York-New Jersey region in the future.

Prior to the game, the Port Authority facilitated the largest bus operation in Super Bowl history, with approximately 47,000 people transported through the Lincoln Tunnel. That’s nearly as many people as the combined populations of Fort Lee and Weehawken, N.J. The average travel time per bus through the tunnel was 5 minutes.

With an impending snowstorm beginning late tonight and continuing into tomorrow, the agency urges fans departing from Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport to check with their carrier before going to the airport to make sure their flight will be departing, and if so, at what time. Fans should leave extra travel time to get to and from the airports.

The Port Authority will have extra staff on duty to handle the winter weather at the three airports and at its other transportation facilities, including the tunnels, bridges and PATH system.

If the weather conditions dictate, the agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings, which could impact fans traveling home from the game, and those departing in the morning.

For up-to-the-minute updates on Port Authority crossings, airports and the PATH system, travelers are encouraged to sign up for the Port Authority alerts at www.paalerts.com.

CONTACT:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.