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Planes, Trains and Automobile Passengers Still Declining at Port Authority in 2021

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported that in January 2021, COVID-19 has continued to impact volumes across its transportation facilities. When compared to pre-COVID volumes from January 2019, airport passenger volumes were down an estimated 73% in January 2021. PATH average weekday ridership also declined in January 2021 by 79% compared to January 2019. At the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels, vehicular traffic was down 11% in January 2021 compared to January 2019.

The seaport continued to demonstrate resilience and ended January 2021 with an increase of 16% from January 2019.

The Port Authority has estimated that these pandemic-related volume drops will result in a revenue loss of approximately $3 billion for the 24-month period beginning in March 2020.The bistate agency continues to advocate in Washington, D.C. to secure federal funding to offset this steep revenue decline.


January 2021 passenger volumes were down an estimated 73% across the Port Authority’s airports compared to January 2019 pre-COVID volumes.


PATH reported a January 2021 average weekday ridership of 56,903 riders, down 79% from January 2019.

Tunnels, Bridges, & Terminals:

The Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels handled a total of 8.3 million vehicles in January 2021, a decrease of 10.6% compared to January 2019. Automobile traffic was down 10.4%, and truck traffic declined 1.3% in January 2021 compared to January 2019.


The Port of New York and New Jersey moved 721,284 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in January 2021, up 16% from January 2019.

This release uses the monthly data comparison of January 2021 to January 2019. The comparison of monthly volumes in 2021 to their 2019 comparable establishes a meaningful and consistent pre-COVID baseline for tracking activity trends at Port Authority facilities as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second calendar year.

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