07/02/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/02/2019 12:13
PORT AUTHORITY LAUNCHES PILOT PROGRAM WITH NEW BIKE PARKING FACILITY FOR PATH JOURNAL SQUARE CUSTOMERS, PATRONS AND EMPLOYEES
Date: Jul 02, 2019
Press Release Number: 114-2019
Agency's agreement with Oonee is part of its commitment to new biking options, sustainable alternatives for customers
The Port Authority has finalized an agreement for placement of a 20-bike parking facility on PATH property at Journal Square, the latest in a series of environmentally friendly cycling initiatives the agency has introduced in recent months.
The agreement with Brooklyn-based Oonee, which maintains several bike parking pods in New York, is effective August 1 and follows the May rollout of a shared bike/pedestrian path at the Bayonne Bridge. These efforts reflect a growing commitment to expanded biking options for employees, customers and other patrons of agency facilities.
The Oonee Pod is a secure, freestanding bike parking facility accessible via keycard or cellphone app for riders using the PATH system or others living or working in the neighborhood. Installation and maintenance for this pilot program will be provided at no cost to the Port Authority and will generate revenue for the agency through a small subscription fee for users and paid advertisements on the pod's exterior.
'When it comes to providing innovative travel options for our customers, our wheels never stop turning,' said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole. 'Offering these kinds of biking options is part of the Port Authority's commitment to a better, easier commute and a cleaner environment.'
'Given city traffic, parking and other challenges faced by commuters each day, biking is becoming a pleasurable travel alternative for many of our customers and employees,' said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. 'These are wonderful opportunities for the Port Authority to support a mode of transportation gaining in popularity, while reflecting our commitment to reducing air pollution emissions.'
Last October, the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners unanimously embraced the Paris Climate Agreement, becoming the first public transportation agency in the United States to do so. The resolution adopted by the board called for a 35-percent reduction by 2025 in greenhouse gas emissions generated by the Port Authority's own operations.
The board also reaffirmed the agency's prior commitment to an 80-percent reduction by 2050. The Port Authority is using the baseline year of 2006 for measurement of the agency's emission reduction standards and targets, reflecting the PA's early commitment to cutting GHG levels and incorporating strong sustainability programming into its strategy.
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.