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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN SIX MILLION TRAVELERS DURING 2018 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Date: May 23, 2018
Press Release Number: 91-2018

Free LaGuardia Link Q70 bus among the efforts to help reduce congestion

The Port Authority is prepared to accommodate more than six million people traveling by air, car or rail during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer travel season. The agency has taken a series of proactive measures to ensure that travelers enjoy a safe and customer-friendly experience while using Port Authority facilities across the region.

Airports:

Beginning Friday, May 25, through Tuesday, May 29, the agency expects more than 1.8 million passengers to use the Port Authority’s airports over the Memorial Day weekend, a projected 3.3-percent increase over last year.

The Port Authority estimates the following numbers of fliers this weekend: 850,300 passengers at John F. Kennedy International Airport, 624,300 through Newark Liberty International Airport, 386,200 at LaGuardia Airport and 7,800 using Stewart International Airport.

To handle the anticipated high volume of travelers, the Port Authority will staff the airports with Customer Care Representatives to assist travelers throughout the holiday weekend. Travelers should check with their airline on the status of their flights before leaving for their airport.

From 12:01 a.m. Thursday, May 24 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 28, the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus will be operating free to encourage customers to use mass transit rather than drive to and from LaGuardia Airport.

The new pick-up location for all LGA Terminal B car services (including Uber, Lyft and other ride-hail providers) will continue on the 2nd floor of the new Terminal B Garage. As part of ongoing construction, during certain peak travel days, taxis will be relocated and pick-up passengers from a designated area a short distance from the terminal. The most likely times for the relocation would be mid-afternoon to late evenings.

Shuttle buses will take passengers from the Terminal B arrivals taxi stand to the designated area approximately three minutes away. This temporary taxi pickup area allows drivers to access parkways faster and alleviates roadway congestion during certain high-volume periods.

Travelers should also plan ahead by leaving extra time to and from the airport, and check www.laguardiaairport.com for tips and the latest information on parking, mass transit and ground transportation alternatives.

For additional information on how passengers can streamline their trip through screening checkpoints, visit the TSA website: https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/wait_times_home.aspx.

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

Bridges and Tunnels:

The Port Authority projects an estimated 3.3 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 its crossings. With passenger traffic expected to be heavier than normal, motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination.

All construction on Port Authority bridges and tunnels, except for emergency work, will be suspended from Friday morning through Tuesday morning for the holiday weekend. Due to heavier passenger traffic at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, passengers are urged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid waiting in lines prior to their scheduled departure.

The Port Authority will ensure that roadside variable message signs will be updated with real time traffic information to allow travelers to select their best travel route. The Port Authority also urges travelers this weekend to travel earlier on Monday to try to save time on their trip. Current travel times on all agency bridges and tunnels also can be found on the agency’s new mobile app Crossing Time, which can be found at www.panynj.gov/CrossingTime

For the latest 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 can receive alerts directly to their cell phones or e-mail accounts. Additionally, travelers are encouraged to download Waze, a free crowdsourced traffic and navigation application. The Port Authority will feed information on lane closures, traffic incidents and other events to the Waze platform in real time.

PATH:

PATH will operate additional trains as needed on Friday, May 25, to assist commuters leaving early for the holiday weekend. PATH will operate on a normal Saturday schedule on Saturday, May 26. On Sunday, May 27, PATH will operate on a Sunday schedule. On Monday, May 28, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule.

For up-to-date service information, riders are encouraged to follow PATH on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PATHTrain. Riders also can sign up for PATHAlerts at www.pathalerts.com, which provides up to the minute bulletins on PATH service changes.

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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