The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that facility volumes at the agency’s regional airports, bridges and tunnels, and PATH commuter rail improved in May 2022. The seaport’s cargo activity continued at record high levels compared to the month prior as well as pre-pandemic May 2019, becoming the second-busiest month ever at the seaport.
When compared to pre-COVID May 2019 volumes, air passenger volumes in May 2022 were 91% of pre-pandemic May 2019 volume. Traffic at the bridges and tunnels in May 2022 remained at similar pre-pandemic levels in May 2019. PATH’s total ridership in May 2022 remained at 50% of its May 2019 total ridership. The seaport moved nearly one-third more cargo in May 2022 compared to the monthly volume handled during pre-pandemic May 2019.
The Port Authority has included monthly data comparisons below of May 2022 to April 2022 to provide further insight into facility trends. Comparing May 2022 to April 2022, the volume at the airports increased 6%, traffic at the bridges and tunnels increased nearly 2%, and PATH ridership in May 2022 increased 4% from April 2022. Compared to the month prior, May 2022 cargo movement at the seaport was up 5.3%.
In May 2022, the Port Authority’s airports handled a total of 11.4 million passengers, which was 91% of pre-COVID April 2019 volumes.
Airport passenger volumes increased 6% from April 2022, when the airport served 10.8 million passengers.
Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals (TB&T):
In May 2022, the Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels handled a total of 10.6 million eastbound vehicles, which was below the pre-pandemic May 2019 level of 10.7 million vehicles.
May 2022 volumes increased 1.8%over April 2022 volumes when comparing average daily traffic. Automobile traffic was up 1.9%, while truck traffic was essentially flat compared to April 2022.
PATH reported 3.7 million riders in May 2022, which was 50.5% of PATH’s total ridership in pre-pandemic May 2019.
Compared to April 2022, May 2022 total ridership increased by 4.1%.
The Port of New York and New Jersey moved 845,305 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in May 2022, the second-busiest month of cargo activity in the port’s history.
May 2022 cargo volume was up 31.3% compared to May 2019 and up 5.3% compared to April 2022, when the seaport handled 802,963 TEUs.
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