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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED FOR BUSY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON

Date: Dec 19, 2014
Press Release Number: 255-2014

More than 13.4 million travelers expected to use agency’s airports, tunnels, bridges and mass transit system

The Port Authority is prepared to handle the more than 13.4 million travelers projected to use its airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH system during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.

To accommodate the heavy travel volume, the agency will provide a full complement of customer service representatives at the airports and toll collectors at tunnels and bridges to make the trip as smooth as possible.

From December 17 through January 1, more than 4.8 million passengers will travel through the agency’s major airports. About 2.2 million passengers are expected at John F. Kennedy International Airport, 1.4 million at Newark Liberty International Airport, 1 million at LaGuardia Airport, 49,450 at Atlantic City International Airport and 12,200 at Stewart International Airport. Travelers should allow extra time when going to the airport during the holiday period, and should check with their carrier before leaving home to ensure their flight will depart on schedule.

To encourage travelers to use convenient and safe parking facilities at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports, the agency is offering a coupon that provides $5 off every $50 spent on standard long-term airport parking rates. The coupons are available on the Port Authority’s website – www.parkintheairport.com, and are in effect through January 7, 2015.

The Port Authority is prepared to assist air travelers at Welcome Centers, which provide information about ground transportation, hotels and other useful information. Airport customers also will find helpful features on the Port Authority’s website at www.panynj.gov, which can be accessed at the Welcome Centers where travelers can check flight status and familiarize themselves with other airport-related services.

The Port Authority also offers AirTrain service to both John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports. AirTrain JFK connects to New York City mass transit via stations at Jamaica and Howard Beach. AirTrain Newark connects to Amtrak and NJ Transit via the Northeast Corridor line. More information on AirTrain and other public transportation alternatives is available by calling 800 AIR-RIDE.

At the Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels, an estimated 7.3 million vehicles are expected between December 17 and January 1, 2015. All construction work is cancelled for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the three Staten Island bridges. To speed travelers’ trips through the crossings during the holiday period, the Port Authority urges customers to sign up for E-ZPass to avoid waiting in lines to pay cash. For the most up-to-date information on construction, travelers can call the agency’s tunnels and bridges “Customer Connection” line at 800 221-9903 or visit our website at www.panynj.gov.

Passenger traffic also is expected to be heavier than normal at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, so customers are urged to allow extra time to travel.

The Port Authority projects approximately 1.3 million passenger trips on PATH between December 24 and January 1. PATH will operate additional service as needed prior to the evening peak period on Christmas Eve, December 24. On Christmas Day, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule. New Year’s Eve additional late evening and overnight service will be provided to customers who are planning to attend the Time Square events. On New Year’s Day, a Saturday schedule will be in effect.

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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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.


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