National Geographic : 1964 Jul
1985 the city will hardly have gained-ac cording to an estimate by the Regional Plan Association-while the total for the region will have risen to 22,000,000. Such staggering figures are the daily con cern of the Port of New York Authority, the guardian of the region's mighty transporta tion facilities (pages 80-81).* New York's piers accommodate 170 steam ship lines. Ten railroads maintain terminals here; their freight cars float around the harbor on barges, taking cargo to and from the ships -more than a million carloads a year. Said Thomas C. Young, of the Port Author ity staff: "Every day about 10,000 long-dis 70 tance trucks come and go. Our bus terminal in midtown Manhattan handles 7,000 buses a day; about 63 million people use it in a year." At the Port Authority's new piers in Brook lyn, I saw the HavmOy from Oslo loading piles of tires for Antwerp. The MariaCosta, just in from Genoa, disgorged Olivetti typewriters and Perugina chocolate. The Shimane Maru would sail through the Panama Canal to Nagoya, as soon as she'd stowed crates of machinery from Youngstown, Ohio. We drove on to the John F. Kennedy Inter national Airport in Queens, where 42 airlines dealt with 13,000,000 passengers last year (pages 104-5). "About 3,600,000 were on in *See "Here's New York Harbor," by Stuart E. Jones, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, December, 1954.