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Vol. 11, No. 1 March 29, 2016
Major Airport Modernization Projects Advanced
PA Board Approves LaGuardia Terminal B Project; 
Okays Replacement of Newark Liberty Terminal A 
Underscoring a renewed commitment to its core transportation mission, the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners March 24 authorized $2.9 billion for LaGuardia Airport's new Terminal B and $2.3 billion for replacement of Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport, two 21st century projects that will serve as gateways to the metropolitan region.

The board approved a lease with LaGuardia Gateway Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new Terminal B. The lease also includes the construction of a new Central Hall, a key recommendation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's airport advisory panel, and supporting infrastructure such as new roads and a parking garage.

Under an innovative public-private partnership, the largest in the United States, LGP will design, build, operate and maintain the facility, with responsibility for financing two-thirds of the new terminal.

The board also approved $2.3 billion for the Terminal A Redevelopment Program at Newark Liberty, a multi-phased development initiative that will include a new terminal building and a parking garage complex.

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Port Authority to Build New Bus Terminal
On Manhattan's West Side, Near Current Facility 
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners, at its March 24 meeting, committed to build on Manhattan's West Side a new state-of-the-art bus terminal to replace the aging and outmoded current facility, while also voting to dedicate the funding necessary for completion of the project.
The Board committed to allocate the necessary funds for the project's construction in New York City when the Port Authority establishes its 2017-2026 Capital Plan.
The anticipated capacity needs and funding for a new bus terminal will be determined in part by the results of the recently announced  Port Authority International Design + Deliverability Competition that was launched on March 11. The competition seeks to deliver a winning conceptual design for a new terminal through a qualified multi-disciplinary team, informed in part by the results of an ongoing Trans-Hudson Commuting Capacity Study.

Members of the public -- particularly Bus Terminal customers and individuals who live, work, and operate businesses near the existing terminal or its proposed replacement site one block west -- are invited to submit comments to the Port Authority via an  online survey.

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'Gateway' Program Partners Advance
Regional Rail and Transit Project  
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Amtrak, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, together with NJ TRANSIT, and with the support of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced a series of concrete steps to move the Gateway Program forward.

The Gateway Program's Hudson Tunnel Project to construct a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River will receive $70 million in funding for critical preliminary engineering work, with $35 million in federal funding coming from Amtrak and $35 million from the Port Authority, subject to the consideration and approval of each party's Boards, in order to expedite and accelerate environmental review and permitting for the Hudson Tunnel Project.

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Two 'Restoring The George' Projects Set to Begin;
Part of a 10-Year Rehab Effort at the GWB 
Ensuring the safety and reliability of the George Washington Bridge well into the future, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners acted March 24 on two major rehabilitation projects within a larger, 10-year investment program, called "Restoring the George."

The board approved a $67.5 million contract to replace the Palisades Interstate Parkway (PIP) Helix in Fort Lee, N.J., as well as rehabilitate the bridge's New Jersey approach spans that pass over the Hudson Terrace and the New Jersey Anchorage. The board also authorized a $90.9 million project to rehabilitate the Center Avenue and Lemoine Avenue bridges in Fort Lee, which pass over approach roadways to the George Washington Bridge.

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News Briefs
World Trade Center 'Oculus' Opens to the Public
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus - the iconic centerpiece of the sprawling transit facility - partially opened to the public on March 3, providing an enhanced commuter experience for PATH riders traveling to and from Wall Street and other New York City destinations, as well as those who live in and visit the downtown area.  Learn more.

Record 124 Million Passengers
Used NY/NJ Airports in 2015

More than 124 million passengers traveled through the Port Authority's airports last year, establishing new travel records and providing a strong boost to the region's economic and job growth. Learn more.

Port of NY/NJ Sees Highest Yearly Cargo Volumes in 2015
The Port of New York and New Jersey exceeded its previous record for annual cargo volumes in 2015 by more than 10 percent, building on the jobs and economic activity the port generates for the bi-state region, the Port Authority announced on February 8. Learn more. 
Did You Know?

The breadth of job opportunities at the Port Authority of NY & NJ is  unmatched in our region. There are many job categories at the Port Authority, including Operations, Maintenance, Management and Engineering.  Each category has various hiring requirements and job- advancement procedures.  Also, each job category has positions across the agency.

Visit our website to see current job openings.
Public Meetings
Visit our  website to view minutes and actions from previous Board of Commissioners meetings and to view schedules for future meetings.

Webcasts from the March 24 Board and committee meetings are also available online.