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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
The Port Authority (PA) is a public benefit corporation chartered by both New York
and New Jersey. The authority has a role in all transportation
modes and general economic development in the New York City metropolitan area.
Its unique bistate capabilities
makes them the major transport provider between NJ and NY. Their highway bias
is overwhelming. For instance, the PA is pushing to twin the Goethals Bridge without giving serious
consideration to rail and pricing alternatives. Transit access to the
airports refuses to incorporate existing rail lines, preferring a non-standard
technology. They improved rail freight to Port Newark/Elizabeth, but
only because its necessity for the port to remain viable in the age of
intermodalism. In addition, they are working on a study entitled
Access to the Region's Core, examining major capital
investments to improve access to Midtown Manhattan and perhaps through rail freight.
The Governor's of both states each appoint half the members of the Board of
Commissioners. Either Governor can wield a veto over the PA's actions.