THE EARLY POSTWAR YEARS have brought an intensification of the Port Authority's operational, construction and planning activities. The Authority has in well-established operation, on a fully self- supporting basis, six vehicular crossings of the interstate water boundary, an inland freight terminal and a grain terminal. To these facilities it has added, in 1947 and 1948, the City of Newark's marine terminal, Port Newark, and the Port District's three major airports--LaGuardia, Newark and New York International. Early in 1948 it had under construction two union truck terminals, was preparing the site for a great union bus terminal in Manhattan, and had developed and proposed plans for rehabilitation of the waterfronts of the Cities of New York and Hoboken.
The famous undertakings which have already established the Authority's indispensability to the Port District and its reputation for sound financial planning are described, and their operations reviewed, in this chapter, and attention is given, also, to the less well-known but exceedingly valuable non-operational services of the organization. Later chapters will discuss the Port Authority's new enterprises.
The six vehicular water crossings include two tunnels and a bridge across the Hudson River between New Jersey and Manhattan Island and three bridges across the straits separating New Jersey and Staten Island which, as the Borough of Richmond, is one of the five boroughs of New York City.