Vol. 8, No. 3 August 2013



Solar-Powered Airplane Lands at JFK International Airport

Solar Impulse completed its pioneering voyage as the first solar-powered aircraft to fly coast-to-coast with a late night landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, July 6, touching down on Runway 22L at 11:09 p.m. It started its voyage May 3 in San Francisco, with subsequent stops in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. The clean-energy aircraft contains thousands of silicon solar cells and is equipped with state-of-the-art batteries that store power, making it possible to fly thousands of miles without fossil fuel. Read more.

Board Approves Contract

for Airport Security Services

As part of its continuing efforts to enhance security at its transportation facilities the Port Authority Board of Commissioners July 24 authorized a four-year contract for unarmed security guard services with Allied Barton Security Services. The agency's selection of Allied Barton to replace FJC Security follows a competitive procurement process and is part of an internal reorganization of security functions at Port Authority facilities under the direction of Chief Security Officer Joe Dunne. The agency will combine unarmed guard services for its three major aviation facilities under one contract to provide for more efficient operations. The $221 million contract with Allied Barton  goes into effect on September 1.   


Decline in Vehicle Accidents  

Reported at PA Facilities  

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that motor vehicle crashes at its facilities decreased by 4 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the agency's recently released 2012 Traffic Crash Report. The motor vehicle crash rate reduction in 2012 reflects the Port Authority's long-term commitment to reduce crashes at its tunnels, bridges, airports, and marine terminals.


Overnight Closures  

at the Outerbridge

The Port Authority is in the midst of a pavement improvement project  on the 85 year-old Outerbridge Crossing to improve traffic safety and driving conditions. The project began July 9 and will continue through October 2013. During that time, the bridge that links Perth Amboy, N.J., to Staten Island will be closed during overnight hours, Monday to Thursday from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., and Friday from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday. The bridge will be open on Saturday and Sunday nights and holiday weekends. During the scheduled work, traffic will be diverted to the Goethals Bridge. After Labor Day, the bridge will close at 9 p.m. on weeknights and open at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings.  


Long-Term Improvement Plan

Eyed for PA Bus Terminal  

With the Port Authority Bus Terminal at capacity during peak periods and interstate bus travel continuing to grow, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners has authorized a comprehensive study to explore ways to accommodate future growth in bus commuting heading to and from midtown Manhattan. Read more.

Did you Know?

You can keep up with the Port Authority and its services on Twitter. @PANYNJ is the official Twitter feed for the Port Authority. You can also keep up with PATH via @PATHTrain and our airports via @NY_NJairports


Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be Wednesday, Sept. 18. A  schedule of public meetings is published on the Port Authority website. Minutes and actions from previous Board of Commissioners meetings are also available on the site. Webcasts from the July 24 Board and committee meetings are also available online.  
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Port Authority Board Approves $255 Million Project 
to Modernize Infrastructure at LaGuardia Airport 


   LaGuardia Airport 
LaGuardia Airport's infrastructure will soon undergo an array of site, building and utility modernization projects after a $255 million authorization was approved July 24 by the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners. The Board's action is the latest in the agency's continuing program to upgrade the airport's infrastructure to meet current operational needs and future passenger growth. 

The authorization for LaGuardia infrastructure improvements will generate 1,500 jobs, $112 million in wages and $364 million in economic activity for the region, with more than 95 percent of the Port Authority's expenditures reimbursable in federal passenger facility charges.

Read press release.

Cruise Terminal Expansion Approved for Bayonne 
Rendering of Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in Bayonne, N.J.  
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved plans by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to build a new cruise terminal building at the Port Authority-owned marine terminal facility in Bayonne - a major public investment that will spur continued growth in the New Jersey cruise business. 
As part of its expansion plans, Royal Caribbean also agreed to base its new Quantum of the Seas vessel - the largest cruise ship serving the New York-New Jersey region - at Bayonne beginning in 2014. The new vessel, which can accommodate up to 4,180 passengers, will sail to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida and Bermuda.

The Port Authority acquired the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in June 2010 as part of its purchase of the 131-acre portion of the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne.

Read more. 

Taxiway Improvements Slated at Newark Liberty;
Project Designed to Reduce Flight Delays

Four new taxiways will help reduce airplane ground delays on Newark Liberty International Airport's longest runway as part of a $97.3 million rehabilitation slated to begin in early 2014, under a project authorized July 24 by the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners.

Runway 4L-22R, which measures 11,000 feet and handles about 200,000 flights annually, will be overhauled with asphalt repaving, repairs to concrete sections, and replacement of electrical and lighting systems. Crews last repaved the runway in 2003 and it is now nearing the end of its useful life.

Three of the new taxiways will allow multiple planes to stage for departure at the end of the runway, reducing takeoff delays, while the other new taxiway will allow arriving planes to exit the runway faster and get to the gates quicker.

Direct and indirect effects of this project means creation of 510 jobs, $34 million in wages and $152 million in regional economic activity over the 16-month work period from February 2014 to June 2015.

Read more.

Ramp Improvement Project at Goethals to Provide
Direct Connections With US 1/9, I-278

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has authorized a $130
Goethals Bridge
  Goethals Bridge
million construction project to complete the Goethals Bridge Interchange Ramps Project on the New Jersey side of the Goethals Bridge.

The ramp will link Interstate 278 and U.S. Routes 1&9 and significantly improve traffic safety, local roadway congestion and traffic movement. It will result in more efficient traffic flows, reduced vehicle travel and idling times, as well as reduced overall fuel consumption and air pollution caused by vehicular traffic.

Currently, the existing partial interchange on the New Jersey side of the Goethals Bridge does not provide direct connections from southbound Routes 1&9 to eastbound I-278 or from westbound I-278 to northbound Routes 1&9.

The lack of connections force commuters to utilize local roads, adding congestion on city streets in Elizabeth and Linden and increasing travel time for commuters traveling over the Goethals Bridge. When the project is complete, approximately 1,500 cars and trucks will be removed from local city streets. 

Read more.