Unit 4 – Definitions

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is a bi-state government agency that builds and operates the metropolitan region’s transportation facilities, including the airports, marine terminals and ports, the PATH train, bus terminal, and the tunnels and bridges between New York and New Jersey.

The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel opened in 1950. The tunnel connects southern Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan and is the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in North America.

The bucket brigade was a system used during the first days of the recovery effort at the World Trade Center site in which workers formed a line and passed buckets from one person to another to search debris carefully for human remains. The name “bucket brigade” dates back to a method of firefighting before hand pump engines in which buckets of water were passed from firefighter to firefighter to put out a fire.