NEW YORK CITY-With population on the rise and interstate transportation steadily increasing across the five boroughs and throughout New Jersey’s northern and outer-ring suburbs, improving the region’s roads, bridges and bus services is “number one” on the agenda for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, says executive director Christopher O. Ward, who addressed the design, construction and real estate industry as the featured speaker at the New York Building Congress’ Wednesday morning forum in Midtown. Under the Port Authority’s 10-year $29 billion capital plan, Ward laid the foundation for what he calls “the third wave of construction” for the transportation agency. It includes improvements to the Lincoln Tunnel helix, the Goethals and Bayonne bridges and new suspender cables for the George Washington Bridge, which spans from Fort Lee, NJ to Northern Manhattan.