Press Release Article


Date: Sep 10, 2015
Press Release Number: 133-2015

Agency urges travelers to take mass transit if they must commute into Manhattan on Friday, September 25

The Port Authority today strongly urged travelers to take mass transit if they hold tickets for any of the activities surrounding Pope Francis' visit to New York City on Friday, September 25, or if going to and from work or other destinations in Manhattan on that day. The visit will require numerous street closings that may result in traffic congestion and pedestrian diversions in various parts of the city.

To help accommodate customers seeking to take mass transit, PATH will provide additional service on the Journal Square to 33rd Street and Hoboken to 33rd Street lines on Friday, September 25. PATH is coordinating with regional transportation and security agencies to continue to evaluate expected numbers of visitors beyond those with tickets to Papal events and will adjust service accordingly. In addition, the entrance to the World Trade Center PATH station will remain open and passengers can continue to access the station via Vesey Street or through the West Concourse.

The Port Authority is working closely with NJ Transit and other bus carriers to accommodate any increase in bus demand that may occur during the papal visit, and will be prepared to handle additional bus traffic at the Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Station. Bus travelers are urged to check with their carriers prior to September 25 about the status of service to and from the terminal.

PATH, the Bus Terminal and the Port Authority’s Hudson River crossings - the George Washington Bridge and Lincoln and Holland tunnels - will have a full complement of toll collectors, customer assistance staff and police personnel on duty to ensure a safe commute for travelers while Pope Francis is in town. The Port Authority is working with Transcom and the region’s transportation agencies, including NJ Transit and the MTA, to make sure travelers are aware of traffic and transit conditions in Manhattan on September 25.

Prior to the Pope's visit, travelers are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at and plan accordingly.

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