The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported record activity levels at its airports, seaport, and Staten Island bridges during the first half of 2019.
According to the port authority, average weekday ridership on the PATH train in June 2019 was the highest ever recorded for June at 292,316, and that included a record number of weekdays in June where ridership exceeded 300,000 passengers.
During the first six months of 2019, PATH handled an average weekday ridership of more than 283,000 passengers, which is the highest first six months in PATH history. Weekday ridership at PATH has been steadily rising over the past decade as residential development in New Jersey along PATH’s train lines has skyrocketed.
Weekend service in 2019 has been curtailed into the World Trade Center to allow for work in the tunnels under the Hudson River to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, according to the port authority.
The Goethals Bridge connects Elizabeth, N.J., and Staten Island, N.Y., and broke a record for vehicle traffic in the first six months of 2019, accommodating 8.59 million eastbound vehicles, an 8.2 percent increase over the previous June record.
The three Staten Island bridges handled a second-quarter record of 9.3 million vehicles, according to the port authority.
The Port Authority’s four commercial airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports – handled a total of 68.4 million passengers during the first half of 2019, smashing through – by more than 2 million incremental passengers – the all-time record for the period of 66.3 million passengers set in 2018.
During the first six months of 2019, the Port of New York and New Jersey set a new all-time record for cargo, handling 3,652,841 20-foot equivalent units.