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TRAVEL ADVISORY - PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO HANDLE NEARLY 20 MILLION TRAVELERS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Date: Dec 19, 2017
Press Release Number: 234-2017

Port Authority and MTA announce free LaGuardia Link Q70 service during the holiday season; Full complement of customer service representatives, toll collectors and police ready to provide assistance

More than 19.3 million travelers are expected to use Port Authority airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH trains during the upcoming Christmas/New Year’s holiday season. To accommodate projected heavy travel volume, the agency is providing a full complement of customer service representatives at the airports and toll collectors at tunnels and bridges.

All facilities also will be staffed by heavy Port Authority Police presence to ensure safe holiday travel.

Airports:

During the peak 16-day holiday period, which runs through January 1, more than 5.7 million passengers will travel through the agency’s major airports. About 2.6 million passengers are expected to travel through John F. Kennedy International, 1.9 million at Newark Liberty International, 1.2 million through LaGuardia, and about 18,300 passengers expected to use Stewart International.

Travelers should allow extra time when heading to the airport during the holiday period, and should check with their carriers in advance to ensure flights are departing on schedule. Passengers traveling out of LaGuardia Airport – where the airport’s ongoing reconstruction is in progress – are urged to allow extra time and take mass transit since a projected increase in holiday passenger traffic may create roadway congestion on and near the airport.

Beginning Thursday, December 21, through Tuesday, January 2, the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus will be free to help reduce roadway congestion around LaGuardia Airport during the busy holiday period. The Q70 bus, MTA’s LaGuardia Link, runs from the 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue subway station and provides connections to the 7, E, F, M, R subway trains. The MTA has expanded the M60 Select Bus Service (SBS) to serve all passenger terminals at LaGuardia. The MTA recently installed three SBS ticket machines at the Terminal A bus stop.

In addition, a full complement of customer service representatives will assist travelers at all the Port Authority airport’s Welcome Centers, located on the arrivals level of every terminal. The centers provide information about ground transportation, hotels and other useful travel tips. Customers can also find helpful features on the agency’s website at www.panynj.gov/airports, which they can check flight status and other airport-related services.

The Port Authority is providing parking discounts at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports throughout the holiday period. The chart below shows the discount rate at the airports and the dates the discounts are valid.

AirportSpecial PromotionLotValidity
LaGuardia Airport$27 per day discount rate.Long Term ParkingValid until 02/01/18
JFK$10 off every full day you park. Orange and Red Garages11/08/17 – 01/08/18

Premium reserved parking spaces are available at LaGuardia Airport’s daily parking lot C/D closest to Terminals C and D. For additional information go to the airport’s website laguardiaairport.com. For travel tips at LaGuardia Airport, visit laguardiaairport.com/traveladvisories.

Travelers should plan ahead by visiting www.panynj.gov/airports to check availability or to reserve a space, or to obtain coupons. Travelers can call 800-AIR-RIDE for alternative transportation options.

The Port Authority also offers AirTrain service to both John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International 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 and North Jersey Coast lines. For more information on AirTrain and other public transportation alternatives, call 800 AIR-RIDE.

Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals:

An estimated 10.3 million vehicles are expected to use the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels during the 16-day holiday period. The agency will cancel all non-emergency construction work for the holiday period at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, and the Staten Island crossings. For more information on the agency’s tunnels and bridges, call the “Customer Connection” line at 800-221-9903 or visit www.panynj.gov.

To get real-time information on tunnel and bridge incidents, travelers can register for PA Alerts at: http://btt.paalerts.com/usersubscribe.aspx

Passenger traffic also is expected to be heavier than normal at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, so customers are urged to allow extra travel time and to purchase bus tickets in advance. For information, call (212) 502-2200.

PATH:

The Port Authority expects approximately 3.3 million passenger trips on PATH during the 16-day holiday period. On Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be additional service overnight from Journal Square to 33rd Street via Hoboken for New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City.

To get real-time information on PATH incidents, travelers can register for PATH Alerts at: http://btt.paalerts.com/usersubscribe.aspx

Contact:
The 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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