Continuing its record-setting pace across all Port Authority of New York & New Jersey transportation facilities in 2019, the agency announced that its airports, seaport, PATH rail system, and Staten Island Bridges system reported record passenger and cargo volumes during November 2019. The record volumes come at a time when the Port Authority is making unprecedented investments in its facilities to bring the region’s infrastructure up to 21st century standards and significantly improve the customer experience.
Putting the region’s airports on track to break 2018’s record levels, and building on a continual pattern of growth this year, John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia Airport and New York Stewart International Airport experienced a record-setting November, with a cumulative total of more than 11 million passengers. By the end of 2019, an estimated annual record of about 142 million passengers will have traveled through the airports. Furthermore, JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports also set monthly records individually for passenger volume in November 2019.
Port of New York and New Jersey:
The Port of New York and New Jersey handled a record 599,626 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in November 2019, a 4 percent increase over the previous November 2018 record of 583,880 TEUs. The Port Authority’s ExpressRail system also set a monthly record, handling 54,096 containers in November 2019 compared to the previous November record of 53,609 containers in 2018.
In November, PATH handled a weekday passenger average of 290,130 during the month, the second highest November monthly average weekday ridership on record. There were five weekdays in November 2019 when the daily ridership exceeded 300,000 passengers.
Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals:
In November, the Goethals Bridge set a new monthly record with 1,426,000 eastbound vehicles handled, beating the previous November’s record of 1,412,000. As a whole, the Staten Island Bridges system also established a November best, reporting a record 2,977,000 vehicles, a 4 percent increase over the previous record set in 2018. This record activity was propelled by record volume at the Goethals Bridge and the resumption of normal weekend traffic at the Bayonne Bridge following the conclusion of weekend closures tied to the wind-down of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project.
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