Increased volume of Port Authority facilities

General business

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported that facility volumes at regional airports, agency bridges and tunnels, and the PATH commuter rail improved in May 2022. Cargo activity seaport continued at record highs from the previous month as well as pre-pandemic May 2019, becoming the second busiest month on record at the seaport.

Compared to pre-COVID May 2019 volumes, air passenger volumes in May 2022 were 91% of pre-pandemic May 2019 volume. Bridge and tunnel traffic in May 2022 remained at similar levels before the pandemic in May 2019. PATH’s total ridership in May 2022 remained at 50% of its total ridership in May 2019. The seaport carried almost a third more cargo in May 2022 than the monthly volume handled in May 2019 before the pandemic.

The Port Authority has included monthly data comparisons from May 2022 to April 2022 below to provide a more in-depth look at facility trends. Comparing May 2022 to April 2022, airport volume increased 6%, bridge and tunnel traffic increased nearly 2%, and PATH ridership in May 2022 increased 4% from April 2022. Compared to the previous month, the May 2022 cargo movement at the port increased by 5.3%.


In May 2022, Port Authority airports handled a total of 11.4 million passengers, or 91% of pre-COVID volumes in April 2019.

The airport’s passenger volume increased by 6% compared to April 2022, when the airport served 10.8 million passengers.

Tunnels, bridges and terminals (TB&T):

In May 2022, the Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels handled a total of 10.6 million eastbound vehicles, which was below the May 2019 pre-pandemic level of 10.7 million vehicles.

May 2022 volumes were up 1.8% over April 2022 volumes when comparing average daily traffic. Car traffic increased by 1.9%, while truck traffic remained essentially flat compared to April 2022.


PATH reported 3.7 million users in May 2022, or 50.5% of PATH’s total ridership in May 2019 before the pandemic.

Compared to April 2022, total ridership in May 2022 increased by 4.1%.


The Port of New York and New Jersey carried 845,305 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in May 2022, the second-busiest month of cargo activity in port history.

May 2022 cargo volume increased 31.3% from May 2019 and 5.3% from April 2022, when the seaport handled 802,963 TEUs.

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