Port Authority Issues Labor Day Travel Advisory

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be suspending construction at crossings during the Labor Day weekend, beginning on Friday, September 4.  The intent is to ease traffic congestion.  Details are outlined in the following press release:

 

LABOR DAY 2020 TRAVEL ADVISORY  

Port Authority will suspend construction at crossings during Labor Day weekend to ease travel  

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

To accommodate passengers and motorists traveling during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced that all construction and repair projects at its crossings will be suspended Friday to Tuesday, September 4 to 8.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions implemented regionally and around the world, the Port Authority expects volume during this Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of the summer season, to remain very low as it has during the pandemic so far.

During this upcoming holiday weekend, the Port Authority projects more than 455,000 air passengers traveling through its airports from Thursday, September 3, through Tuesday, September 8, which would be a decrease of nearly 81 percent compared to the same 6-day period last year when the Port Authority estimated more than 2 million travelers used its facilities during the holiday.

As a reminder for any passengers or motorists traveling through Port Authority facilities this weekend, 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.

A tri-state travel advisory requires travelers entering New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. Essential workers and travelers with layovers in the tri-state area are exempt. More information is available here for New York and New Jersey 

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.
  • The Port Authority is offering airport parking discounts of up to 50 percent off for air travelers who make pre-booked reservations, which allows contactless use of the parking facilities. The discount, which is specific to the official airport parking lots, offers 25 percent off discount on terminal parking and 50% on long term and economy. While the offer ends on September 12, 2020, customers can make reservations through the end of the year. For more information, click on the parking page for the particular facility: John F. Kennedy | LaGuardia | Newark Liberty
  • 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 Friday morning, September 4, through Tuesday morning, September 8, all construction requiring lane closures is suspended at all Port Authority crossings, including overnight closures related to the Superstorm Sandy repair and resiliency project at the Holland Tunnel.
  • Cash toll collection remains suspended at the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel and Holland Tunnel. Motorists with E-ZPass continue to have the toll debited from their prepaid E-ZPass account. For motorists without E-ZPass, an image of the vehicle’s license plate will be captured and a notice seeking payment of the toll will be mailed to the registered owner the vehicle. Motorists billed by mail pay the amount of the standard cash toll; no additional fees will be charged. Any discount programs that require in-person administration by toll attendants are temporarily suspended, such as the carpool discount program.

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: 

  • PATH service will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Friday, September 4, and on regular Saturday and Sunday schedules over the weekend. On Monday, September 7, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule. For additional information on PATH service and train schedules, visit www.panynj.gov/StayOnTrack or download the PATH mobile app, RidePath.
  • As a reminder, the 9th Street and 23rd Street stations are closed overnights from midnight to 5 a.m. for maintenance. Nearby PATH stations at Christopher Street, 14th Street and 33rd Street remain open 24 hours a day unless otherwise noted.

 

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