Date: Apr 18, 2002
Press Release Number: 42-2002
In cooperation with the New York City Department of Transportation and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the Port Authority will lift the ban on single-occupant autos at the Lincoln Tunnel beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 22. The single-occupant auto restriction at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and Queensboro Bridge also will be lifted at that time.
Both the Port Authority and the City of New York encourage motorists to continue to carpool and to use mass transit to travel to Manhattan.
The ban on single-occupant autos at the Holland Tunnel will continue between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on weekdays to ease congestion in Lower Manhattan. However, the commercial vehicle ban at the tunnel will be relaxed. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 22, two-axle and three-axle single-unit trucks will be allowed to travel east through the Holland Tunnel at all times. The westbound ban on commercial vehicles through the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey will remain in place. The security checks of commercial vehicles using the Lincoln and Holland tunnels will continue.
The single-occupant vehicle bans were put into effect after the September 11 attacks to help manage traffic flowing into Manhattan each day.