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 February 17 2003 Press Release Number: 18-2003


 With the President's Day blizzard still pounding the New York/New Jersey area, here are the current conditions at the Port Authority's major transportation facilities: Airports: JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International Airport all have massive cancellations today. At LaGuardia, runways are currently closed, and will remain closed indefinitely, due to extremely low visibility and blowing snow. Crews are continuing to plow runways, which will be reopened when safe operation can be assured. Runways at the other airports remain open, but most domestic flights have been cancelled; a few other flights are coming in or out, but are delayed. Customers are urged to check with airlines about flight status before heading to any of the airports. At all three airports, Port Authority airport staff are providing cots and blankets to passengers whose flights have been cancelled, and are ensuring that food remains available around the clock.

Bridges and Tunnels: At the Port Authority crossings -- the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the George Washington Bridge, and the Port Authority's Staten Island Bridges -- there are no delays, in spite of the heavy snow. Travel is slow, however. Speed limits have been reduced to 25 mph on the Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing and Bayonne Bridge. Port Authority Bus Terminal: The Bus Terminal is open, but all carriers have suspended service indefinitely.

PATH: No delays at this time. PATH is running only one service - between Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street.

The Port Authority has an army of snow-fighting personnel and equipment fighting the storm. During the blizzard, the safe operation of all facilities remains our number one concern. Extra staff are in place at all facilities, working around the clock in 12-hour shifts. The Port Authority has more than 200 pieces of heavy snow equipment, thousands of tons of salt, sand and deicing chemicals and a high-tech weather forecasting system that helps ease airport delays. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have "snow desks" where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

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