10/08/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/08/2019 14:17
TRAVEL ADVISORY - WITH LAGUARDIA AIRPORT REDEVELOPMENT IN PEAK CONSTRUCTION, PORT AUTHORITY ISSUES 'LGA PEAK TRAVEL DAY' ALERT FOR COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND
Date: Oct 08, 2019
Press Release Number: 166-2019
LaGuardia passenger volume of over 460,000 expected over holiday weekend
PANYNJ partners with MTA to make Q70 LaGuardia Link bus free to all passengers between October 10 and Columbus Day to mitigate congestion;
Today, the Port Authority announced upcoming LGA Peak Travel Days, continuing its campaign to warn travelers about a combination of high-volume travel days and temporary construction roadways that will likely cause congestion on roads leading to and around LaGuardia Airport. The $8 billion LaGuardia redevelopment project -building the nation's first entirely new airport in 25 years- is in its peak construction period as the airport is preparing for high passenger volume during the Columbus Day holiday weekend. To alert passengers and local travelers, the Port Authority will declare each day with 100,000 or more projected passengers a 'LGA Peak Travel Day.'
To encourage the use of mass transit, the Port Authority, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), will make the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus free to all travelers from Thursday, October 10, 2019 through Columbus Day, October 14, 2019. While travelers are urged to take mass transit, the Port Authority suggests travelers arriving by car budget extra travel time and plan to arrive at least 2 hours prior to their scheduled departure to ensure time to park or get dropped off, check-in, and get through security. Parking can be booked in advance via laguardiaairport.com.
LaGuardia Airport has committed major resources to manage traffic on airport roadways and the surrounding roadway networks. The airport has created and staffed an around-the-clock operations center to monitor all aspects of airport traffic, implement roadway changes needed to improve traffic flow, mobilize tow trucks, and, on high traffic days, shift traffic lights on a moment-to-moment basis as needed. Since peak construction began, the Port Authority Police presence has increased by over 50%, with officers actively managing traffic flow at the curb. In addition, the airport added pedestrian traffic managers, curbside operations staff, and limitations on taxi and FHV operations as needed. New York State Police continue to provide assistance to mitigate issues on the Grand Central Parkway nearby LGA. Both curbside and inside the terminal, additional Airport Customer Experience Specialists are working with customers to answer questions and resolve problems.
Governor Cuomo first unveiled the vision for a comprehensive redevelopment of LGA in 2015. Construction on the new airport started in 2016 and it has now reached its apex. In December, the first new LGA concourse in Terminal B opened, and Delta's first new LGA concourse will open this fall. The first major arrivals and departures hall will open next year along with the vast majority of new roadways, which will significantly ease congestion.
The 'LGA Peak Travel Day' alerts are planned for every day that passenger volume is predicted to exceed 100,000 passengers. LGA Peak Travel Days are currently projected for October 10, 11, and 14.
Construction of a whole new LaGuardia is happening atop an existing airport while maintaining operations for more than 30 million passengers per year. Old facilities are demolished only as new facilities are completed, ensuring the airport never loses capacity. When completed, the new facilities will provide a world-class passenger experience with state-of-the-art architecture and spacious gate areas. The redevelopment is anticipated to generate a combined $10 billion in economic activity and $2.5 billion in wages over the life of the project. When completed, the new 2.7 million square foot LaGuardia Airport will be the first new airport built in the U.S. in more than 25 years.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.