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Late, Overbudget and Awe-Inspiring: Downtown Transit Hub Takes Shape

Monday, November 24, 2014

The final steel element is added to the downtown PATH hub, now under construction.

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Bridge and Tunnel Toll Hikes Move Forward

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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E-ZPass drivers will pay $11.45 each way after a judge blocked AAA's lawsuit appealing the hikes. 

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Transportation Nation

Port Authority Pays $300K Bridgegate Legal Bill

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WNYC

Your tolls at work:  It’s cost $301,003 so far for top legal talent to represent Port Authority of New York and New Jersey staffers involved in the Bridgegate scandal.

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Transportation Nation

Governors Name a Panel of Insiders to 'Reform' Port Authority

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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Not on the committee: anyone from academia, a think tank, a watchdog group or with a transportation background.

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Transportation Nation

The Incredible Sinking Port Authority

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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The Port Authority used to get things done, like massive bridges and futuristic airports. So how did a bi-state agency with an $8 billion budget become an emblem of political meddling and dysfunction — and how can a guy named Wally Edge help fix it?

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WNYC News

This Week in Politics: de Blasio, Christie, Samson Feel the Heat

Saturday, March 22, 2014

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The first Bridgegate question — and calls for Port Authority Chair David Samson to resign. This Week in Politics breaks it down.

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Christie Rebuffs Reporters as Questions About his Port Chief Mount

Monday, February 24, 2014

More potential conflicts of interest have surfaced for Port Authority Chairman David Samson.

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WNYC News

Team Christie Mum After Paper Calls on Port Chief to Resign

Friday, February 21, 2014

Saying "beyond Bridgegate, his tenure has been a failure," the Star-Ledger says its time for Christie's top man a the Port Authority to resign.

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WNYC News

Port Authority: "We Apologize" For Bridgegate

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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In their first public statements to date on the Bridgegate scandal, commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey apologized for the hazards to public safety and convenience caused by two appointees of Governor Chris Christie when they closed lanes at the George Washington Bridge last September. 

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WNYC News

Port Board To Distance Itself from Christie Ally

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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As it takes steps to get its own house in order amid the Bridgegate scandal, the Port Authority will form a committee to take on what one official calls the "political bureaucracy" — and to investigate Chairman David Samson.

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Transportation Nation

Feds Now Investigating GWB Lane Closures by Christie Appointees

Monday, December 16, 2013

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The federal government is now investigating the closures of two lanes leading on to the nation's busiest bridge by former appointees of Governor Chris Christie, a prominent national Republican who is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid.

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Transportation Nation

Ex-Port Authority Exec Said to be Buying Rivals' Web Addresses

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A former Port Authority official who allegedly ordered the mysterious lane closures at the George Washington Bridge has reportedly been buying Internet domain addresses that use the names of public officials.

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Transportation Nation

After Controversial GWB Lane Closures, a Deeper Look at Port Authority Power

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It collects the tolls you pay at many of the region's bridges and tunnels. It operates LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Airports, and it builds and maintains some of the biggest development projects around New York, including the World Trade Center. And yet few people really understand the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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WNYC News

The Snowy Owls Are Saved!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ornithologists rejoice! The Port Authority just announced it will stop shooting dead these adorable little white-plumed creatures who have the unfortunate habit of hanging out at our local airports.

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Transportation Nation

In GWB Hearing, "Aberrant" and "Illegal" Lane Ploy by Christie Men Draws Fire

Monday, December 09, 2013

WNYC

For as long as anyone can remember the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has worked like this: Two governors divide up the board and staff appointments, and the contracts that flow from that. No one blows the whistle on anyone else, because that might jeopardize one's own spoils. Not anymore.

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WNYC News

Avatars to Assist Travelers at Area Airports

Monday, May 21, 2012

Air passengers will also soon encounter what the Port Authority is calling the first use of avatar technology at North American airports: holograms in the form of customer service representatives.

View a video of the customer service representative hologram.

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WNYC News

Port Authority Says Penn Station Expansion to Begin

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The long-delayed expansion of New York's Penn Station is set to begin.

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WNYC News

Traffic Down But Revenues Soar After Toll Hike At NY-NJ Port Authority Crossings

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Six months after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey raised prices at its six bridges and tunnels, the numbers are in: about a half million fewer drivers per month are using them. That's a 5 percent decrease overall.

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Transportation Nation

Traffic Is Down But Revenues Soar In Six Months After Toll Hike At NY-NJ Port Authority Crossings

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The George Washington Bridge The George Washington Bridge is a NY-NJ Port Authority crossing that links New Jersey to Manhattan. (Flckr / Ciorra Photogrpahy)

(New York, NY - WNYC) Six months after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey raised prices at its six bridges and tunnels, the numbers are in: about a half million fewer drivers per month are using them. That's a 5 percent decrease.

That will not be a problem for the authority's bottom line. Toll revenues are up 31 percent since the hikes kicked in this past September. Between October 2010 and March 2011, the tolls raised  $459 million; October 2011 and March 2012, the tolls took in a whopping $602.7 million.

The drop in vehicle usage is to be expected, especially given that four months after prices went up at the crossings, tolls jumped by 50 percent on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. Those are feeder roads to the Port Authority crossings, which laid a double toll hike whammy on drivers making a typical trip to Manhattan or Staten Island.

Traffic has fluctuated in the past six months but has remained consistently down. In the 16 months before the toll hikes, the number of vehicles using authority crossings ranged from 10 million to 11 million--excluding three months of extreme weather during late 201o and early 2011. Then came September, when the authority raised peak-time E-ZPass tolls to $9.50 from $8.  (After scheduled increases through 2015, that toll will be $12.50.) Since then, usage of the crossings has ranged from 9 to 10 million vehicles per month.

The hikes remain contentious. A February audit of the authority, conducted as a condition of support for the toll hikes by New Jersey Governor Christie and New York Governor Cuomo, found a $4 billion cost over-run at the World Trade Center and an average salary for authority employees of $143,000 per year. Both governors used the audit as an occasion to blast the authority for wasteful spending.

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg held a Congressional hearing on Wednesday to grill Bill Baroni, Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, about the fairness of the hikes. The hearing devolved into political theater as Baroni, a Christie appointee, told Lautenberg he was unfit to investigate the impact of the toll hikes because the senator had for five years used the bridges and tunnels for free, a perk of his position as a  Port Authority commissioner.

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New York Officials Await Greenlight for Project to Allow for Bigger Ships

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Bayonne Bridge (chrastoslalu/flickr)

(New York, NY -- Janet Babin, WNYC) Port Authority officials are waiting to find out whether the federal government will allow a project involving the Bayonne Bridge to move through a faster permit process.

The bridge, which links New Jersey and Staten Island, is inextricably bound to the future success of the New York Harbor.

Upgrades to the Panama Canal means bigger ships will make their way through the channel and up the East Coast by 2014. But these mega container ships won’t fit under the Bayonne Bridge, which means they can’t enter New York harbor.

The Port Authority is spending $1 billion to lift the roadway, so the ships can fit underneath. But there’s a time crunch. The bridge won’t be completed until two years after the Panama Canal is widened.

Without the bigger cargo ships, the port industry is a risk of losing business to other regional harbors.

Faster federal permitting and reviews could shave up to six months off the project’s timeline. “Every day that a project like this is delayed results in additional accruals of financial costs, and every day and week and month that we can eliminate saves the project and the region money,” Port Authority Director Patrick Foye said.

President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order on Permitting and Federal Review last month. It was an idea he introduced during his State of the Union Address.

“We were first in the nation to take advantage of the process,” Foye said.

This will allow the Port Authority and other state agencies to designate projects of regional and national significance. Those projects, if approved by federal regulators, will be able to undergo concurrent as opposed to sequential reviews that would normally take months to complete. For example, the Order would allow approved projects to combine the process of an environmental review with an environmental impact statement.

Critics contend the fast-track review process fails to allow adequate time to assess the environmental or community impact a project can have.

Foye said the Port Authority will likely hear whether the Bayonne Bridge has been approved for the fast-track review process, within the next two months. He said construction on the Bridge is expected to begin early next year.

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