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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO ACCOMMODATE NEARLY 5 MILLION TRAVELERS DURING 2015 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Date: May 19, 2015
Press Release Number: 75-2015

Agency will offer discounts for long-term parking at John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports

The Port Authority is prepared to accommodate the nearly 5 million people who will travel by air, car or rail during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, which marks the traditional start of the summer travel season. The agency is taking proactive measures to ensure travelers have a safe and customer-friendly experience while using Port Authority facilities across the region.

AIRPORTS

Beginning Friday, May 22, through Tuesday, May 26, the agency expects more than 1.6 million passengers to use the Port Authority's aviation facilities – a 2.2 percent increase from last year's Memorial Day weekend.

The Port Authority expects approximately 779,300 passengers to travel through John F. Kennedy International Airport this holiday weekend, approximately 470,900 to travel through Newark Liberty International Airport, an estimated 362,200 to travel through LaGuardia Airport, a projected 18,300 to travel through Atlantic City International Airport and 4,200 to travel through Stewart International Airport.

To handle the high volume of expected air travelers, the Port Authority will have Customer Care Representatives at its airports throughout the holiday weekend to answer questions and assist travelers. The support staff consist of 350 representatives who help passengers navigate the region's airports throughout the year.

The Port Authority is providing passengers planning to travel through John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport a $2 off coupon for every $18 spent on long-term parking. Passengers who park at JFK Airport for at least five days will receive a discount of $9 per day at the Red Garage located near Terminal 8 and $4 off at Newark Liberty daily parking lots (P1 & P3.) To print out a coupon please visit www.panynj.gov/airports/airport-parking.cfm.

Passengers planning to use the Port Authority's airports during the Memorial Day weekend can sign up for Airport Info Alerts at www.airportinfoalerts.com. This free, mobile subscription service notifies customers about weather delays and parking lot capacities.

BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

The Port Authority is projecting approximately 3.2 million travelers will use its bridges and tunnels during the holiday weekend. The agency will have a full complement of toll collectors on duty to expedite travel through the crossings. With passenger traffic expected to be heavier than normal, motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination.

For those traveling from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the agency urges those using long-distance carriers to purchase tickets online or in advance to avoid last-minute lines that may develop. In addition, the agency urges travelers to allow extra time given the expected number of passengers expected to use the facility at the start of the three-day weekend on Friday afternoon.

The Port Authority will suspend all construction closures for the tunnels and bridges for the Memorial Day weekend.

To ensure the safety of the traveling public, the Port Authority Police Department will conduct a DWI checkpoint at one of its Hudson River crossings on Friday night into Saturday morning to discourage people from drinking and driving.

To receive free, real-time travel alerts, travelers are encouraged to register for Port Authority Alerts at http://btt.paalerts.com , call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org. Motorists will receive alerts directly to cell phone and e-mail accounts and will have the ability to monitor projected time ranges.

PATH

The Port Authority is projecting approximately 560,800 travelers will use the PATH during the holiday weekend. PATH will operate additional trains as needed on Friday, May 22, to assist commuters leaving early for the holiday weekend. PATH will operate a normal schedule on Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24. On Monday, May 25, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule.

For up-to-date service information, riders are encouraged to follow PATH Rail System on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PATHTrain or sign up for PATHAlerts at www.PATHAlerts.com, which provides up-to-the--minute bulletins on PATH service changes.

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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