Auto Accidents Decline by 4% at Port Authority Facilities

Motor vehicle crashes have declined over the last year at Port Authority airports, bridges, tunnels and marine terminals. Down to 6,033 crashes, or 4%, compared with 2011 is the 4th drop in the past five years.

The Port Authority has saved $548 million in comprehensive costs since 2000 through a traffic safety improvement program focused on locations with a high volume of crashes. The number of crashes has decreased 38% overall in that period.

For example, at JFK airport, the agency upgraded the Van Wyck Expressway exit to Federal Circle in a successful effort to reduce rear-end crashes. Also, recent changes to vehicle and pedestrian signs and pavement markings have reduced crashes at the Holland Tunnel and its approaches.

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