Port Authority Issues Holiday Travel Advisory



 Port Authority will suspend non-emergency construction at crossings during Christmas and New Year holidays  

PATH will operate Saturday service on Christmas and New Year’s Day  

States of New York and New Jersey highly discourage interstate travel to prevent spread of COVID-19  

Face coverings required in all Port Authority facilities, including airports, Midtown Bus Terminal and on AirTrain 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that all lane closures for non-emergency construction at its crossings will be suspended from Wednesday, Dec. 23, to Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions implemented regionally and around the world, the Port Authority expects volume during these holidays to remain at a record low.

During the upcoming holiday period, the Port Authority projects approximately 1.5 million air passengers traveling through its airports from Monday, Dec. 21, through Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, which would be a decrease of nearly 72 percent compared to the same 14-day period last year when more than 5.4 million travelers used Port Authority’s airports during the holidays.

As a reminder for any passengers or motorists traveling through Port Authority facilities over the holidays, some restrictions and service changes remain in place to protect the health and safety of employees and the public. Face coverings are required for anyone using Port Authority facilities, including PATH trains and stations; the World Trade Center transportation hub; the Midtown Bus Terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus Station; the Port Authority’s airports and on AirTrain.

Travelers entering New York or New Jersey are reminded that state health advisories require travelers from any region with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. More information, including exemptions, is available here for New York and New Jersey. All non-essential travel between New York and New Jersey is discouraged.   

Airports & AirTrain: 

  • Terminal access at John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports is restricted to ticketed passengers, airport employees, and those who otherwise demonstrate a need to enter the facility for airport business.
  • Passengers should check with their individual airlines on any airline-specific health and safety protocols before leaving for the airport. Vending machines and retailers throughout the airports have face coverings for sale.
  • TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. More information available here.

Bridges & Tunnels: 

  • Beginning 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, to 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, non-emergency construction work is suspended at all Port Authority crossings, including overnight closures related to the Superstorm Sandy repair and resiliency project at the Holland Tunnel.
  • A ramp to the northbound Henry Hudson Parkway near the George Washington Bridge will remain closed for repairs to a retaining wall. Eastbound motorists exiting at Riverside Drive or heading to the northbound Henry Hudson Parkway are advised to take the upper level of the bridge. Access to the southbound Henry Hudson Parkway remains unaffected.  Westbound motorists are encouraged to exit at 181st Street off the bridge’s lower level for the Henry Hudson Parkway or Riverside Drive.
  • A new all-electronic cashless toll system will be implemented at the Holland Tunnel on Wednesday, Dec. 23, when cash tolling at the Holland Tunnel will permanently end. To ensure accuracy of the new system, E-ZPass tag users must mount their tag prior to entering the toll collection area.

Midtown Bus Terminal & George Washington Bus Station: 

  • Customers should check for the most updated trip departure times and itineraries with their individual bus carriers, some of which may be operating holiday service or reduced schedules.


  • PATH service will operate on a Saturday schedule on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2021. For additional information on PATH service and train schedules, visitwww.panynj.gov/StayOnTrack or download the PATH mobile app, RidePath.
  • The 9 Street and 23 Street stations are closed overnights from midnight to 5 a.m. for maintenance. Nearby PATH stations at Christopher Street, 14 Street and 33 Street remain open 24 hours a day unless otherwise noted.