06/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/13/2019 15:59
AS LAGUARDIA AIRPORT REDEVELOPMENT ENTERS PEAK CONSTRUCTION, PORT AUTHORITY ISSUES 'LGA PEAK TRAVEL DAY' ALERTS, WARNS OF HIGH-VOLUME OF TRAVELERS & ROADWAY TRAFFIC MOST SUMMER THURSDAYS AND WEEKENDS
Date: Jun 13, 2019
Press Release Number: 94-2019
On 45 separate days this summer, LaGuardia will handle more than 100,000 passengers; total passenger volume of 8.4 million expected between Memorial Day and Labor Day
Apex of construction with major facilities opening next year as part of a whole new LGA
PANYNJ partners with MTA to make Q70 LaGuardia Link bus free to all passengers between June 13 and Labor Day to mitigate congestion;
The Port Authority announced today a campaign to warn travelers about a combination of high-volume summer and construction traffic that will cause congestion on roads getting to and around LaGuardia Airport on busy travel days. This summer, the $8 billion LaGuardia redevelopment project --building the nation's first entirely new airport in 25 years-- enters its peak construction period as the airport is preparing for record summer passenger volume. 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.'
As part of their efforts, the Port Authority is launching a radio and digital ad campaign urging the public to utilize public transit options and leave extra time for travel to the airport. To encourage travelers to use 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, June 13, 2019 through Labor Day, September 2, 2019. While travelers are encouraged to take mass transit, the Port Authority suggests drivers leave extra time and book parking in advance via laguardiaairport.com.
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 opens this fall. The first major arrivals and departures hall opens next year along with the vast majority of new roadways, which will significantly ease congestion.
'We all know, summer is construction season and nowhere is that truer than at LGA. While the progress is a sight to behold, families heading on vacation and business travelers trying to get in and out of the region should be aware of additional traffic,' said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole. 'These LGA Peak Travel Days will be the highest volume travel days this summer, and those traveling through and around the airport must take note, leave extra time, and join us in looking forward to a whole new LGA.'
'We are at the peak of the peak of LGA construction, and with record summer passenger volume, congestion is likely on and around the airport, especially ahead of weekends,' said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. 'On these peak travel days, leave plenty of extra time to get to the airport and use public transportation if at all possible. The Port Authority, in partnership with the MTA, has made the Q70 bus free all summer in an effort to encourage passengers to use public transit and get more travelers to their flights on time.'
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:
June 13-14, 17, 19-21, 23-28
July 8,11-12,17-19, 22-26, 28-29, 31
August 1-2, 4-9, 11-16, 18-19, 22-23, 30
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.