DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT RELEASED FOR AIRTRAIN REPLACEMENT AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On Feb 11, 2021
30-Day Public Comment Period Begins Today, February 11
Agency Advances AirTrain EWR, Part of Airport’s Major Redevelopment
The Port Authority is taking the next step toward replacement of the AirTrain at Newark Liberty International Airport with the publication today of the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) of the project and commencement of a 30-day period of public review and comment.
The Draft EA, an integral part of the AirTrain Newark Replacement Program, is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Draft EA evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the project across 17 impact categories (table 1). No significant, permanent impacts were found to the categories assessed. Of the 17 impact categories assessed, the Draft EA identifies three potential, temporary impacts during construction and recommends corresponding mitigation measures (also detailed in table 1).
The Draft EA and an overview presentation are available on the Port Authority’s website for public review and comment starting today, February 11, until March 12, 2021. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the lead federal review agency. The FAA will issue its findings on the final EA following the review and incorporation of public comments
CONSTRUCTION OF NEW FLAGSHIP TERMINAL AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL ADVANCES, INCORPORATING NEW BEST-IN-CLASS ARRIVALS FRONTAGE DESIGN TO SPEED PASSENGER GROUND TRANSPORTATION PICKUP AND NEW POST-COVID-19 TECHNOLOGY
December 18, 2020
Expanded Frontage Breaks from Traditional Design Adding 250% More Curbside Loading Space
Terminal Frontage Enhancements Will Improve Traffic Flow and Increase Space for Physical Distancing
Modern, Dynamic Digital Signage with Real-Time Wait Information Will Be Installed on All Four New Curbs
Terminal Adapts to Pandemic with Touchless Check-in, Self-Bag Drop and Self-Boarding, and TSA Checkpoint Contactless Entry
Terminal Completion Remains on Target for End of 2022
See Updated Renderings of New Terminal Design HERE
Today the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unveiled new features of the flagship new terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport which incorporate best-in-class arrivals frontage design. This new design creates four distinct areas for taxis, app-based ride-share vehicles, buses, and private passenger vehicles to reduce traffic congestion, ease passenger loading, and dramatically enhance the customer experience. In addition, the new terminal design incorporates state-of-the-art technology and safety features in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The one million square foot new terminal will open, as planned, in late 2022 with cutting edge design changes built into the structure.
“The impact of COVID-19 reflects a new reality in how transportation agencies can and must plan for the future,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “The Port Authority and Newark Liberty are charting a new post-pandemic path by building smart, safe and sustainable features into this impressive new terminal.”
“The Port Authority’s airport redevelopment projects are designed to meet the needs of the 21st century traveler. We are constantly looking at ways to improve our new facilities and ensure their look, feel, and functionality are best-in-class,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “The arrivals frontage design changes introduced at Newark Liberty’s new terminal will make dramatic improvements to the functioning of the arrivals level, easing passenger movements from the terminal into whichever mode of ground transportation travelers choose. “
Passengers, airline staff and airport workers will see significant upgrades at the front-of-terminal curb areas which will be 250 percent larger than the existing Terminal A. Four new delineated pickup areas improve connections and loading for taxis, app-based ride share vehicles, high occupancy vehicles such as buses and shuttles, and private passenger vehicles. Taxi queues will feature “roller coaster” loading and digital signage with real-time wait times. App-based ride-share pickup areas will feature digital kiosks with zone location and boarding details to ease driver/passenger matchup. Large, modern, digital signage will be added throughout the redesigned frontage to improve wayfinding.
The design changes also include improved technology that responds to COVID-19 and facilitates a touchless experience for travelers. By adding self-bag drop stations near self-check in areas, customers can proceed swiftly to a new TSA checkpoint area with contactless entry. The design also calls for biometric upgrades to expedite screening while prioritizing the safety of passengers. New body screening and metal detecting equipment is user friendly, has larger screening areas that eliminate the need to raise arms overhead, and features the most advanced imaging technology. Gate areas will mirror design upgrades at check in, allowing passengers to self-scan boarding documents at the gate. Touchless payment options will also be standard at concessions across the terminal.
The new frontage and the first new gates will open in the spring of 2022 with the full completion on target for late 2022.
In November, Newark Liberty and the Port Authority’s other four airports received the Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) World and ACI Americas. The ACI Airport Health Accreditation recognizes the Port Authority’s swift response to the COVID-19 crisis and its work to maintain a safe environment for airport passengers through aggressive cleaning and disinfection programs, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout adjustments, and passenger communications. The Port Authority is now the largest airport system in the United States to receive this recognition for high health and safety standards introduced during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Specifically, the Port Authority has:
- Restricted terminal access to ticketed passengers and employees only at the region’s airports.
- Required facial coverings and monitored the terminals for passenger and employee compliance.
- Partnered with public and private health providers to open COVID testing sites for travelers and airport workers at passenger terminals at JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports.
- Deployed over 3,500 hand-sanitizing units and more than 150 hand-wipe units at the airports.
- Ensured continuous regular, vigilant cleaning of high-touch services in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- Installed hundreds of plexiglass barriers at high-contact customer service points.
- Added more than 10,000 signs and social distancing decals emphasizing the agency’s safety and operational protocols which are key to the agency’s overall program.
To communicate these essential advances and the Port Authority’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment, the agency produced Steps To Safety For Airport Customers, a video showcasing safety measures designed to streamline the entire airport journey and keep customers and employees safe.
Redeveloping Newark Liberty International Airport
Once completed, the new one million square foot terminal will be 20 percent larger than the existing Terminal A, the outmoded terminal it is designed to replace. Viewed as a “common use” terminal, all gates in the new terminal will be utilized by multiple carriers, which will increase flexibility and efficiency and optimize operations. The new terminal will accommodate an estimated 13.6 million passengers annually on three levels. A covered pedestrian bridge will provide direct terminal access for passengers using the new AirTrain Newark, another major component of the airport redevelopment project.
The new terminal, designed and built by Tutor Perini/Parsons, will open in 2022. The new terminal will be operated and maintained by EWR Terminal One LLC, a 100-percent subsidiary of leading global airport operator Munich Airport International.
Construction is well underway at the new Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility which will open in 2022 with approximately 2,750 public parking spaces and 3,380 rental car spaces to support 10 rent-a-car brands. The Port Authority and its partner ConRac Solutions broke ground in September 2019 on the new parking facility that will complement the new terminal and service the entire airport.
The new terminal project is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 job years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages. The Newark redevelopment project outreach offices have canvassed more than 1,300 local businesses with information on the new terminal project with hundreds of local engagements with both businesses and community members. Through the end of 2020, the project has awarded over $445 million in contracts with MWBE firms, and $365 million in contracts with local firms.
Newark Liberty currently provides jobs for approximately 21,000 people directly employed at the airport. It contributes more than $27 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region and generates nearly 190,000 total jobs and more than $9 billion in annual wages.
Today’s announcement is part of the Port Authority’s unprecedented commitment of more than $30 billion in public and private funding to transform the region’s three major airports into true 21st century gateways. In addition to the construction of the new terminal at Newark Liberty, this commitment includes the complete redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport, where the first new arrivals and departures hall, three new concourses and 37 new gates are already open, and the comprehensive redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport.
PORT AUTHORITY PARTNERING WITH NEW JERSEY OFFICIALS ON PROGRAMS TO ASSIST STUDENTS INTERESTED IN JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH EWR TERMINAL ONE PROJECT
On November 22, 2019
Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. welcomes agency leaders, Essex County Schools of Technology and students during field trip to Newark facility
New program part of Port Authority effort to connect next generation of workers with construction trades and labor officials
More than 75 students participating in the New Jersey Construction Pre-Apprenticeship training program received a first-hand look today into construction career opportunities available with the $2.7 billion Terminal One Redevelopment project at Newark Liberty International Airport.
As part of the Port Authority’s commitment to strengthening the region’s workforce, the agency is supporting various programs — such as the pre-apprenticeship program — that provide the training and education necessary to prepare workers for in-demand jobs in unionized construction trades.
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY, PORT AUTHORITY LEADERS, STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS CELEBRATE MAJOR CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE FOR TERMINAL ONE PROJECT AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On October 23, 2019
EWR Redevelopment gains momentum following addition of brand new AirTrain Newark and planning for new Terminal Two in agency’s Capital Plan
‘Topping out’ ceremony features addition of final exterior steel beam to largest design-build project in New Jersey history
Terminal One project will add 1 million square feet of space, 33 new gates and a common-use layout, serving as an economic boon to the region
Part of unprecedented $30 billion in public and private investment committed to transform the region’s airports into true 21st century gateways
Governor Phil Murphy joined Port Authority leaders and New Jersey elected officials today to announce the completion of a major phase of construction of the $2.7 billion Terminal One project. The “Steel Topping Out” ceremony featured the placement of the final exterior steel beam atop the one-million-square-foot frame of the brand-new terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director Rick Cotton, and Aviation Director Huntley A. Lawrence, as well as Aviation Program Director of Redevelopment Catherine Cronin, were on hand to mark the event. They were accompanied by New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, State Senator Theresa Ruiz, State Senator Joseph Cryan, local officials, union leaders and the workers critical to construction of the new facility.
LEADING GLOBAL AIRPORT OPERATOR TO MANAGE NEW $2.7 BILLION TERMINAL ONE AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL
On July 15, 2019
Agreement with Munich Airport International a major milestone in development of new world-class terminal
Terminal One a key element in the ongoing $28 billion transformation of Newark Liberty, JFK and LaGuardia airports
In a major step forward in the development of a new world-class airport, the Port Authority has reached agreement with Munich Airport International GmbH (MAI) to operate and maintain the $2.7 billion Terminal One now under construction at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
NEW ELIZABETH COMMUNITY OFFICE OPENS TODAY IN SUPPORT OF NEWARK LIBERTY’S $2.7-BILLION TERMINAL ONE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
On May 14, 2019
Elizabeth joins growing network of community centers supporting major Port Authority redevelopment projects at Newark Liberty, JFK, LaGuardia and the Port Authority Bus Terminal
As part of its ongoing commitment to the local community in the development of the $2.7-billion Terminal One Redevelopment Program at Newark Liberty International Airport, the Port Authority, joined by local and state officials, opened an airport outreach office today in Elizabeth.
PORT AUTHORITY OPENS NEWARK OUTREACH OFFICE SERVING THE $2.7-BILLION TERMINAL ONE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On April 15, 2019
Office to serve as central resource for job and contracting opportunities for local residents and businesses
As part of its commitment to engage local communities during the ongoing redevelopment and modernization of its facilities throughout the region, the Port Authority today opened a new community outreach office in Newark to support the $2.7-billion Terminal One Redevelopment Program at Newark Liberty International Airport.
RENOWNED TERMINAL OPERATOR SELECTED TO RUN TERMINAL ONE AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On December 13, 2018
Port Authority board awards contract to Munich Airport International GmbH (MAI) to manage terminal, bring world-class services and amenities to the facility
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved the selection of Munich Airport International GmbH (MAI) to operate and maintain the new $2.7-billion Terminal One, which is replacing outmoded Terminal A as part of the agency’s ongoing commitment to a world-class Newark Liberty International Airport.
NEWARK LIBERTY CELEBRATES PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE WITH CEREMONIAL GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART TERMINAL ONE AND COMMEMORATION OF AIRPORT’S 90TH BIRTHDAY
On October 10, 2018
Construction of one-million-square-foot terminal is centerpiece of Newark Liberty’s $2.7 billion modernization and redevelopment
Project expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 jobs and nearly $1.9 billion in wages
Port Authority leaders and numerous elected officials celebrated Newark Liberty International Airport’s (EWR) rich 90-year history today by turning their sights to the future, highlighting the development of the airport’s new Terminal One. The new facility will provide a world-class experience for fliers with the replacement of the outdated Terminal A.
PLANS FOR NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART CONSOLIDATED RENTAL CAR FACILITY AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MOVES FORWARD WITH PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVAL
On July 26, 2018
Negotiations with a private developer will begin to develop a consolidated rent-a-car facility (ConRAC) next to the new Terminal One, offering enhanced convenience to customers
Travelers using Newark Liberty International Airport will see increased convenience with all of the airport’s rent-a-car facilities consolidated into a single best-in-class facility next to the new Terminal One, under a measure approved today by the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners.
NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT TO HOST SECOND MINORITY- AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE EVENT FOR $2.7 BILLION TERMINAL ONE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
On March 26, 2018
MWBEs to Network with the Design-Build Firm Developing Terminal One
Newark Liberty International Airport will host a Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Outreach Forum in Newark on Wednesday, March 28, for professional design, construction, and engineering firms interested in contracting opportunities with lead designer Tutor Perini/Parsons, the firm chosen to develop the airport’s state-of-the-art Terminal One.
PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES SELECTION OF DESIGN-BUILD TEAM FOR THE $2.7 BILLION REDEVELOPMENT OF NEWARK LIBERTY’S NEW TERMINAL ONE
On February 15, 2018
Replacement of outdated Terminal A will vastly improve passenger experience and travel efficiency from roadway access through check-In and gate arrival
Program is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity overall, and create 23,120 job-years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages
Construction already underway on roadway related infrastructure projects; work anticipated to begin on terminal by mid-year
Largest transportation infrastructure design-build contract in New Jersey state history;
World-Class terminal operator to serve as key advisor
Plans for a new Terminal One at Newark Liberty International Airport advanced today with the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioner’s approval of Tutor Perini/Parsons, a fully integrated joint venture between Tutor Perini Corporation and Parsons Transportation Group Inc., for the design and construction of the new 21st century facility, which will provide passengers with a world-class customer experience, create jobs and boost the region’s economy.
PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES NEARLY $500 MILLION FOR EARLY PHASE OF NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’S NEW $2.3 BILLION TERMINAL A REDEVELOPMENT
On December 7, 2017
Additional $258 Million authorized for related work on aircraft parking area, accommodation of a future
AirTrain alignment and to study the feasibility of consolidating airport’s rental car facilities
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved $496 million for major landside and airside projects as part of the overall $2.3 billion Terminal A Redevelopment Program at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE LEADS GROUNDBREAKING AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL A
On June 13, 2017
Work begins on 3 roadway bridges connecting existing central terminal area to expansive new terminal
Newark, NJ – Governor Chris Christie and Port Authority officials broke ground this morning on the overhaul of Newark Liberty International Airport’s 44-year-old Terminal A to provide travelers with a 21st-century facility, creating jobs and boosting the regional economy. Today’s event highlighted the commencement of work to build three roadway bridges designed to reduce congestion and help connect the central terminal area roadway network to the new terminal.
This is the first of several major construction segments that will lead to a new Terminal A and expanded service for airline passengers.
NEWARK LIBERTY’S $2.4 BILLION TERMINAL A REDEVELOPMENT MOVES TO NEXT PHASE, WITH REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS SENT TO THREE SHORTLISTED TEAMS
On May 18, 2017
The Port Authority announced today the issuance of requests for proposals (RFP) to three private development teams for a design-build contract for the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Following a request for qualifications issued late last year, the three shortlisted teams are Skanska Walsh II, a joint venture, with HOK as lead designer; TLV Alliance, a joint venture between Turner Construction Company and Lend Lease (US) LM with Gensler as lead designer; and Tutor Perini/Parsons, a joint venture, with STV as lead designer.
NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT TO HOST MINORITY- AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE EVENT FOR $2.4-BILLION TERMINAL A REDEVELOPMENT
On April 13, 2017
MWBEs to Network with Teams Shortlisted for the Terminal A Redevelopment Program
Newark Liberty International Airport will host a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Outreach Forum on Wednesday, April 19, for contractors, vendors and consultants seeking to learn about contracting opportunities for the airport’s $2.4-billion Terminal A Redevelopment Program.
MWBEs will have the opportunity to meet and network with the three teams that have been shortlisted to design and construct the new Terminal A. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott Hotel.
PORT AUTHORITY ISSUES REQUEST FOR INDUSTRY FEEDBACK FOR NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’S NEW TERMINAL A
On August 19, 2016
The Port Authority today issued a Request for Industry Feedback (RFIF) for Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A Redevelopment Program, a $2.3-billion project expected to deliver a new 33-gate passenger terminal, a 3,000-space parking garage and related infrastructure improvements.
The RFIF is designed to solicit opinions and expert strategies about the project from all industries, stakeholders and customers who can contribute valuable insights into a 21st century airport redevelopment program. Those interested in participating can get more information by going to http://www.panynj.gov/business-opportunities/pdf/Request_for_Industry_Feedback.pdf
PORT AUTHORITY ADVANCES MAJOR MODERNIZATION PROJECTS AT LAGUARDIA AND NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS
On March 24, 2016
Underscoring a renewed commitment to its core transportation mission, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners today authorized $2.9 billion for LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B and $2.3 billion for replacement of Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport, two 21st century projects that will serve as gateways to the metropolitan region.
The board approved a lease with LaGuardia Gateway Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new Terminal B. The lease also includes the construction of a new Central Hall, a key recommendation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s airport advisory panel, and supporting infrastructure such as new roads and a parking garage.
NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MODERNIZATION MOVES FORWARD WITH PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVAL OF $40 MILLION FOR EARLY WORK ON NEW TERMINAL A
On July 23, 2015
New 21st century terminal will replace obsolete structure dating back to early 1970s
Plans for a new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport advanced today with a $40 million authorization by the Port Authority Board of Commissioners for initial program management, design plans and early construction work for a new terminal to replace the current 42-year-old outmoded facility.