Photos by Conrad Barclay, Mike Dombrowski and Rudy King
For the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 2017 brought a new leadership team – Board of Commissioners Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Executive Director Rick Cotton – as well as a new bridge, a nearly new bridge and a renewed commitment to the agency’s core transportation mission and the traveling public it serves.
The new bridge (the Goethals) was the first new span built by the Port Authority in 89 years, while the nearly new bridge — the retooled Bayonne with an elevated roadway to accommodate bigger commercial ships bound for Port Authority ports – also made its debut. The Koenig Sphere came home to the World Trade Center. The old Bayonne Bridge roadway came down.
The Port Authority passed an historic $32.2-billion, 10-year capital plan in February that, among other things, will help facilitate the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport into a world-class facility, extend PATH to Newark Liberty International Airport, provide funding toward a new Port Authority Bus Terminal, invest in a new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport and authorize nearly $2 billion in improvements to the George Washington Bridge.
It was also a memorable year for the Port Authority on another front: the recommitment of its people to public service and the traveling public and communities they serve.
That was never more evident than in the agency’s response to the devastation of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Starting in September. Over the course of a month, two deployments of Port Authority police, engineers, aviation, ports and emergency management personnel provided extraordinary assistance to an island desperately in need of it.
Here, in pictures, are some of the highlights of the Port Authority, circa 2017: