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A Little Information About the NJ Port Authority

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Newark Liberty International Airport is run by the NJ and NY Port Authority. Here’s a little more about the organization:

History

During the early 20th century, the state of New York and the state of New Jersey frequently disagreed on rail freights and boundaries. In 1916, New Jersey filed a lawsuit that ordered the two states to put aside their differences and work together. Five years later, in 1921, the Port of New York Authority was created – the first agency of its kind in the U.S.

Because it’s not affiliated with the government, the Port is able to complete long-term infrastructure goals. Its first assignment was to construct interstate crossings, so during the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Port created the George Washington, Goethals, Outerbridge Crossing, and Bayonne bridges. It took control of the Holland Tunnel in 1930 and opened up the Lincoln Tunnel in 1937.

Operations

The Port Authority oversees an array of transportation operations that are located within 25 miles of the Statue of Liberty. Operations include:

  • Hudson River crossings (the Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, and George Washington Bridge)
  • The Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York
  • The PATH railway system
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • LaGuardia Airport
  • Stewart International Airport
  • Teterboro Airport
  • The Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal

Today, the tolls from bridges and tunnels in New York and New Jersey fund the Port Authority, so the next time you cross the Hudson River, just remember you’re helping to keep both states’ transportation industries productive.