Date: Sep 27, 2001
Press Release Number: 140-2001
Coordinating with NYC, Port Authority imposes Lincoln Tunnel ban
from 6 a.m. to noon, beginning Friday, Sept. 28
In cooperation with Mayor Giuliani\'s ban on single-occupancy automobiles south of 62nd Street in Manhattan, the Port Authority will prohibit single-occupancy passenger cars from using the eastbound Lincoln Tunnel weekdays between 6 a.m. and noon, beginning on Friday, September 28.
\"Eastbound automobiles with only one occupant will not be allowed through the Lincoln Tunnel between 6 a.m. and noon until further notice,\" said Ernesto Butcher, Chief Operating Officer of the Port Authority. \"The only Hudson River crossing where single-occupancy autos will be permitted is the George Washington Bridge, and traffic is expected to be extremely heavy there. Drivers are encouraged to use mass transit alternatives whenever possible, including the Port Authority\'s PATH service, NJ Transit rail lines and ferry service.\"
Mr. Butcher said the Port Authority was acting in coordination with New York Mayor Giuliani, who has banned single-occupancy passenger cars south of 62nd Street in Manhattan. \"The Port Authority has also been working closely with the offices of New York Governor George Pataki, Acting New Jersey Governor Donald DiFrancesco and other state and local leaders,\" Mr. Butcher said, \"to develop coordinated, regional solutions to transportation delays that have arisen since September 11.
\"Our policy is very simple and very direct,\" said Mr. Butcher. \"Passenger cars with only one occupant will be turned away from the tunnel by police. They will not be permitted to enter. Their drivers should not even think about trying to get through the Lincoln Tunnel. It will not be an option.\"
Mr. Butcher said that in keeping with New York City policies, emergency and single-occupancy vehicles with commercial plates will be allowed through the Lincoln Tunnel.
The policy will remain in effect indefinitely on weekday mornings, according to Mr. Butcher. The Holland Tunnel will also remain closed until further notice, because City officials have advised the Port Authority that downtown streets cannot accommodate the extra traffic without interfering with rescue and debris removal operations. Port Authority officials will continue to work closely with city, state and federal officials.