Press Release Article


Date: Nov 06, 2002
Press Release Number: 116-2002

The Port Authority Police, in cooperation with Jersey City, will crack down on drivers who block traffic intersections when traveling to and from the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City.

Under the \"Don’t Block the Box\" campaign, Port Authority Police will issue tickets to drivers who they observe clogging intersections on 12th or 14th streets near the tunnel. Tickets for the motor vehicle offense will result in a $50 fine. The enforcement effort begins this week and will continue indefinitely.

Port Authority Police Superintendent Charles D. De Rienzo said, \"Intersections must be kept clear to improve traffic flow. We are committed to doing whatever we can to ease congestion and to ensure that all our customers have a safe, enjoyable trip to and from the tunnel.

\"In addition, clogged intersections are a serious annoyance for local drivers using streets near the tunnel,\" Superintendent De Rienzo added. \"We have made our policy clear with signs and warning notices. Now violators should be aware that they face a fine.\"

Jersey City Mayor Glenn Cunningham said, \"It is critical that commuters to and from New York are permitted to proceed without unnecessary blockages. By keeping those pathways clear, it will only enhance the commute experience for all drivers that traverse the area and the surrounding neighborhoods.\"

Port Authority Police said the problem has worsened recently as traffic has returned to pre-September 11 levels. Police said the greatest number of offenses generally occur during the evening rush hour and on weekends.

Police have issued numerous warnings to motorists who block intersections. To further educate motorists, the Port Authority will play messages on the tunnel’s advisory radio network and variable message signs will be posted along 12th and 14th streets.

The enforcement effort is part of a broader police initiative at Port Authority tunnels and bridges to crack down on drivers who speed, drive drunk or disobey the single-occupant vehicle ban in place at the Holland Tunnel.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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