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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED TO ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN SIX MILLION TRAVELERS DURING 2018 FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY

Date: Jun 29, 2018
Press Release Number: 107-2018

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

The Port Authority expects to accommodate more than six million people traveling by air, car or rail between Friday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 4, as the summer travel season kicks into full gear. The agency is taking 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, June 29, through Wednesday, July 4, more than 2.3 million passengers are expected to use the Port Authority’s airports over the Fourth of July extended weekend, a projected 2.7-percent increase over last year.

The Port Authority projects the following numbers of airline passengers during that period:1.1 million passengers at John F. Kennedy International Airport; 798,000 using Newark Liberty International Airport; 460,000 at LaGuardia Airport, and 12,800 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 flight status before leaving for their airport.

In partnership with the MTA, beginning Tuesday, July 3, through Thursday, July 5, the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus will be operating free of charge to encourage customers to use mass transit rather than drive to and from LaGuardia Airport.

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://www.tsa.gov/mobile

In addition, passengers planning to use Port Authority airports during the Fourth of July extended 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 4.1 million vehicles will use its bridges and tunnels during the June 29-July 4 period. 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 Tuesday through Thursday 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.

For the latest travel alerts, travelers are encouraged to download the CrossingTime app here: http://www.panynj.gov/mobile-apps.html. Travelers can also 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 on its normal weekday/weekend schedules through the end of the holiday week, but there will be additional trains running on Wednesday, July 4, on the Newark-World Trade Center line between 11 a.m.-11 p.m. to accommodate the expected increase in ridership.

For up-to-date service information, riders are encouraged to download the RidePATH app: http://www.panynj.gov/mobile-apps.html. 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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