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Port of Long Beach & Los Angeles: Port Truck Gate Schedule for Labor Day Weekend 2019 - PierPass

Terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced schedules for the Labor Day holiday period of Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, through Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. The schedule is posted below, and a PDF of the schedule can be downloaded by clicking here:

https://www.pierpass.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/LaborDay_2019_2.pdf.


PNCT & Maher Terminal: Will be CLOSED Sept. 2nd for Labor Day

**Federal Register Notices:

Agency is taking steps to ensure positive and safe traveling experience; Free LaGuardia Link Q70 bus available through weekend

The Port Authority is prepared to accommodate the more than six million people expected to travel through its transportation facilities by air, car and rail during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the unofficial end of the summer season.

To ensure travelers have a safe, enjoyable trip to and from their destinations during the holiday weekend, the Port Authority is taking proactive measures at all its facilities. These steps include a free LaGuardia Link Q70 bus, a full complement of Customer Care Representatives at its airports, traveler access to online parking reservations and website alerts and Twitter updates on current conditions, as well as a full complement of toll collectors and police at bridges and tunnels to facilitate traffic flow.

To provide real-time sharing of traffic data, the Port Authority also has a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free crowdsourced traffic and navigation app. The Port Authority will be feeding information on lane closures, traffic incidents and other events to the Waze platform in real time. In addition, the Port Authority will provide updates on conditions at its facilities through e-alerts, Twitter and other social media platforms.

Airports

From Thursday, August 29, through Monday, September 2, the Port Authority forecasts more than 1.9 million passengers using the Port Authority's airports – a projected 1.8 percent increase compared to the same period during last year’s Labor Day weekend.

More than 900,000 passengers are expected to travel through John F. Kennedy International Airport, with about 600,000 passengers using Newark Liberty International Airport, approximately 378,000 passengers at LaGuardia Airport, and more than 12,000 passengers at New York Stewart International Airport. 

Continuing its partnership with the MTA, the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus will be free through Monday, September 2. The Port Authority encourages customers to use mass transit rather than driving to and from LaGuardia Airport.

Given ongoing redevelopment-related construction and traffic volumes at LaGuardia, travelers using LaGuardia this weekend are urged to plan and leave extra time to get to the airport, through security and to their gate. Please check www.laguardiaairport.com for tips and the latest information on parking, mass transit and ground transportation alternatives.

At LaGuardia, real-time shuttle bus arrival information for all routes (Blue, Green, Purple and Red) is available at the terminal bus shelters. 

Travelers driving to JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty or New York Stewart airports can call ahead at 888-250-8277 for general parking information or can visit www.panynj.gov/airports/ to obtain parking rates and information, check on space availability or reserve a parking space.

In addition, passengers are encouraged to sign up for airport info alerts at www.airportinfoalerts.com. This free, mobile subscription service also notifies customers about weather delays, parking lot capacities and AirTrain service delays.

Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals

From Thursday, August 29, through Monday, September 2, the Port Authority projects that approximately 3.5 million vehicles will cross the George Washington Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Lincoln Tunnel and Holland Tunnel. With traffic volume expected to be higher than normal, motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination. All construction on Port Authority bridges and tunnels, except for emergency work, will be suspended from 5 a.m. Friday, August 30, through 5 a.m. Tuesday, September 3. 

To minimize congestion, commuters are encouraged to use mass transit whenever possible. Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, purchase bus tickets in advance and anticipate longer lines than usual.

To receive real time traffic updates, travelers should register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at www.paalerts.com, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org. Motorists also can receive alerts directly to their cell phones or e-mail accounts.

PATH 

The Port Authority expects that approximately 785,000 travelers will use the PATH system over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

On Friday, August 30, PATH will supplement existing service, as needed, to accommodate those who may leave work early for the holiday weekend. Over the weekend, PATH will operate on normal Saturday and Sunday schedules. On Labor Day, September 2, PATH will operate on a Sunday schedule. PATH will resume normal weekday service on Tuesday, September 3.

PATH’s weekend outage program to complete necessary Superstorm Sandy tunnel repairs will be suspended during the Labor Day weekend, and all PATH stations and service lines will be in operation.


In the News:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding industry of strategies to prevent tampering and intentional adulteration of foods and cosmetics in response to a few recent media reports of tampering of products in retail grocery stores.

The FDA has published guidance and tools for industry to help prevent tampering of food including the Guidance for Industry: Food Security Preventive Measures Guidance for Retail Food Stores and Food Service Establishments and is providing information to industry to help prevent tampering of food and cosmetic products in the bullets below. The FDA recommends that food retailers review the guidance in each section that relates to a component of their operation and assess which preventive measures are suitable. The FDA also issued under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act a Final Rule entitled Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration, that is directed to food processing facilities, but may also be informative to retail establishments.  

The bullets below highlight steps industry can take to prevent tampering and destruction of food and cosmetic products:

  • Inspect incoming products and product returns for signs of tampering, contamination, or damage.
     
  • Develop a system for receiving, storing, and handling distressed, damaged, and returned products, and products left at checkout counters, that minimizes their potential for being compromised.  
     
  • Inspect products displayed for retail sale for evidence of tampering. Look for off-condition appearance (i.e. stained, leaking, damaged packaging, missing or mismatched labels, evidence of resealing, proper stock rotation, etc.).
     
  • Monitor public areas for unusual or suspicious activity using security guards, monitored video cameras, one-way and two-way windows, place employee workstations for optimum visibility.

Additional steps that can prevent tampered products from reaching consumers include incorporating food defense awareness into employee training, providing periodic reminders of security procedures to staff, and encouraging staff awareness and participation in preventing tampering. The agency’s Employees FIRST training is available to support stakeholder awareness training.  Also, the See Something Say Something campaign has information regarding indicators of suspicious activities and recommended protective measures for Food Service and Retail Food Establishments.

Consumers who have recently purchased items that they suspect have been tampered with should not use the product and should return it to the retail outlet.


International Travelers Should Know of Souvenir Restrictions - U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Many popular items purchases abroad can pose threat to U.S.

WASHINGTON — For many, summer means travel to exotic international destinations and an opportunity to bring home tasty, rare, and unusual souvenirs to share with friends and family.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminds travelers to take additional precautions in visiting livestock farms and bringing food and agricultural products into the country to prevent the introduction of exotic plant pests, invasive species, and foreign animal diseases.

Travelers should declare all fruits and vegetables and be familiar with items that are prohibited or restricted from entering the United States.

Diseases such as African Swine Fever could devastate our pork industry significantly impacting our Nation’s economy. Additionally, the Mediterranean fruit fly is a destructive and invasive pest that feeds on a plethora of fruits and vegetables that would immensely affect our growers and farmers if introduced into the United States.

“International travel is a highlight of summer vacation for many families, a time to identify with other cultures and embrace our diversity, or just to relax,” said Mikel Tookes, Deputy Executive Director, Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison. “Travelers arriving in the United States should be aware that many meats, fruits, and vegetables are prohibited or restricted entry and not to purchase certain items abroad, and to please plan ahead to ensure they can bring those items home.”

At ports of entry, CBP officers and agriculture specialists protect the U.S. by enforcing hundreds of laws and regulations, including those regarding prohibited and restricted items. Prohibited items are forbidden by law to enter the United States, often due to safety concerns, whereas restricted items require special licenses or permits from a federal agency before the item is allowed to enter.

The following list depicts popular regulated or restricted souvenirs that CBP Agriculture Specialists frequently encounter from the various listed regions:

Caribbean and Mexico
green palm items (hats, animals made from palm); Haitian goat hide drums; ackee; Giant African Snails; whole coconuts; live birds; dried cactus; coral; whale bones

Europe
wood carvings; pork legs; absinthe; haggis; seeds and bulbs in ready to grow souvenir containers; fresh sheepskins contaminated with dung (Ireland and Eastern Europe); prosciutto; chestnuts; garlic braids; grape vines; whale sausage; bear sausage; reindeer sausage; and moose sausage (sometimes comes in souvenir three packs from Scandinavian countries); painted eggs

Asia
clothing containing dog or cat fur; souvenir whole spice packages; liquid birds’ nests; ivory statues and figurines; wood carvings; bonsai trees; orchid plants; traditional medicines; pork products

Middle East
small keepsake containers of soil from the holy lands; fresh almonds; fresh olives

Africa
ivory jewelry; bush meat; small keepsake containers of soil; biltong meat; dates; crocodile handbags; Nile monitor handbags; snake skin products; goat hide drums

South America
ancient relics; sweetened condensed milk; live birds 

Australia
kangaroo meat 

Canada
walrus tusks; golden arowana fish; seal oil; green grapevine decorations

CBP reminds travelers to always declare items brought in from abroad. For more international travel tips, please visit CBP.gov.

NOTE: The listed items may not be all-inclusive of regulated or restricted items. Travelers should always check with the appropriate regulating agency, or contact CBP at https://www.cbp.gov/contact for further information regarding entry of foreign items that may be unusual, rare, or exotic
 
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