Today the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unveiled new features of the flagship new terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport which incorporate best-in-class arrivals frontage design. This new design creates four distinct areas for taxis, app-based ride-share vehicles, buses, and private passenger vehicles to reduce traffic congestion, ease passenger loading, and dramatically enhance the customer experience. In addition, the new terminal design incorporates state-of-the-art technology and safety features in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The one million square foot new terminal will open, as planned, in late 2022 with cutting edge design changes built into the structure.
“The impact of COVID-19 reflects a new reality in how transportation agencies can and must plan for the future,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “The Port Authority and Newark Liberty are charting a new post-pandemic path by building smart, safe and sustainable features into this impressive new terminal.”
“The Port Authority’s airport redevelopment projects are designed to meet the needs of the 21st century traveler. We are constantly looking at ways to improve our new facilities and ensure their look, feel, and functionality are best-in-class,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “The arrivals frontage design changes introduced at Newark Liberty’s new terminal will make dramatic improvements to the functioning of the arrivals level, easing passenger movements from the terminal into whichever mode of ground transportation travelers choose. “
Passengers, airline staff and airport workers will see significant upgrades at the front-of-terminal curb areas which will be 250 percent larger than the existing Terminal A. Four new delineated pickup areas improve connections and loading for taxis, app-based ride share vehicles, high occupancy vehicles such as buses and shuttles, and private passenger vehicles. Taxi queues will feature “roller coaster” loading and digital signage with real-time wait times. App-based ride-share pickup areas will feature digital kiosks with zone location and boarding details to ease driver/passenger matchup. Large, modern, digital signage will be added throughout the redesigned frontage to improve wayfinding.
The design changes also include improved technology that responds to COVID-19 and facilitates a touchless experience for travelers. By adding self-bag drop stations near self-check in areas, customers can proceed swiftly to a new TSA checkpoint area with contactless entry. The design also calls for biometric upgrades to expedite screening while prioritizing the safety of passengers. New body screening and metal detecting equipment is user friendly, has larger screening areas that eliminate the need to raise arms overhead, and features the most advanced imaging technology. Gate areas will mirror design upgrades at check in, allowing passengers to self-scan boarding documents at the gate. Touchless payment options will also be standard at concessions across the terminal.
The new frontage and the first new gates will open in the spring of 2022 with the full completion on target for late 2022.
In November, Newark Liberty and the Port Authority’s other four airports received the Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) World and ACI Americas. The ACI Airport Health Accreditation recognizes the Port Authority’s swift response to the COVID-19 crisis and its work to maintain a safe environment for airport passengers through aggressive cleaning and disinfection programs, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout adjustments, and passenger communications. The Port Authority is now the largest airport system in the United States to receive this recognition for high health and safety standards introduced during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Specifically, the Port Authority has:
To communicate these essential advances and the Port Authority’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment, the agency produced Steps To Safety For Airport Customers, a video showcasing safety measures designed to streamline the entire airport journey and keep customers and employees safe.
Redeveloping Newark Liberty International Airport
Once completed, the new one million square foot terminal will be 20 percent larger than the existing Terminal A, the outmoded terminal it is designed to replace. Viewed as a “common use” terminal, all gates in the new terminal will be utilized by multiple carriers, which will increase flexibility and efficiency and optimize operations. The new terminal will accommodate an estimated 13.6 million passengers annually on three levels. A covered pedestrian bridge will provide direct terminal access for passengers using the new AirTrain Newark, another major component of the airport redevelopment project.
The new terminal, designed and built by Tutor Perini/Parsons, will open in 2022. The new terminal will be operated and maintained by EWR Terminal One LLC, a 100-percent subsidiary of leading global airport operator Munich Airport International.
Construction is well underway at the new Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility which will open in 2022 with approximately 2,750 public parking spaces and 3,380 rental car spaces to support 10 rent-a-car brands. The Port Authority and its partner ConRac Solutions broke ground in September 2019 on the new parking facility that will complement the new terminal and service the entire airport.
The new terminal project is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 job years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages. The Newark redevelopment project outreach offices have canvassed more than 1,300 local businesses with information on the new terminal project with hundreds of local engagements with both businesses and community members. Through the end of 2020, the project has awarded over $445 million in contracts with MWBE firms, and $365 million in contracts with local firms.
Newark Liberty currently provides jobs for approximately 21,000 people directly employed at the airport. It contributes more than $27 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region and generates nearly 190,000 total jobs and more than $9 billion in annual wages.
Today’s announcement is part of the Port Authority’s unprecedented commitment of more than $30 billion in public and private funding to transform the region’s three major airports into true 21st century gateways. In addition to the construction of the new terminal at Newark Liberty, this commitment includes the complete redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport, where the first new arrivals and departures hall, three new concourses and 37 new gates are already open, and the comprehensive redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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