The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced that its airports, seaport, PATH system and Goethals Bridge reported record activity levels in April 2019, further continuing the growth pattern of constantly escalating numbers of passengers traveling and shippers utilizing Port Authority transportation facilities. These record levels come at a time that the agency is actively engaged in significantly upgrading its legacy transportation facilities under its $32 billion capital investment program and implementing multiple initiatives to upgrade customer experience.
In April 2019, the Port Authority’s four commercial airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports – showed strong growth, handling an all-time high for the month of April of 11.59 million passengers. Individual records for the month of April also were established at JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports in April 2019.
Port of New York and New Jersey:
During April 2019, the Port of New York and New Jersey handled a monthly record of 605,263 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), a 9.8 percent increase over April 2018, continuing the port’s streak of record-setting months and of extraordinary strong growth. The port also set a new April record for cargo handled by its ExpressRail system, moving 56,911 containers in April 2019, up 9.9 percent from last year. The record cargo volume handled allows the Port to maintain its position as the busiest on the East Coast.
PATH handled an April monthly record for ridership, with 7,063,001 total passenger trips, a 2.3 percent increase over April 2018. The record number of riders is indicative of significant weekday growth trends, given that the record was set despite reduced weekend traffic from Saturday and Sunday closures of the World Trade Center Station for Hurricane Sandy repairs.
Bridges and Tunnels:
The new Goethals Bridge set an April record for vehicle traffic, handling 1,492,654 eastbound vehicles, a 9.8 percent increase over the previous April record set in 2002. In addition to record traffic at the Goethals Bridge, the three Staten Island Bridges – the Goethals, Bayonne and Outerbridge Crossing – saw a 3.7 percent increase in vehicles in April 2019 compared to April 2018. Overall vehicle traffic on all Port Authority’s crossings increased by 1.54 percent this April compared to April 2018.
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