Date: Dec 10, 2002
Press Release Number: 130-2002
The Port Authority is working closely with New York City officials to support their contingency plans in the event of a New York City transit strike.
To assist commuters traveling into, out of, or within Manhattan, the Port Authority’s PATH trains will operate additional weekday service between Journal Square and 33rd Street from 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Additional weekend service also will run between Journal Square, Hoboken and 33rd Street from 7:30 p.m. Saturday nights through 1:30 a.m. Monday mornings. Travelers are strongly urged to buy QuickCards in advance to reduce delays at the fare turnstiles.
As requested by the City of New York, Port Authority and New York City Police will strictly enforce the truck ban from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Port Authority Hudson River crossings, and the High Occupancy Vehicle requirements that restrict access into Manhattan to vehicles with four or more occupants. Message signs on approach roads to the three crossings will alert travelers to the restrictions. Additional Port Authority staff also will be available to ensure traffic mobility. If bus traffic levels increase, the Express Bus Lane into the Lincoln Tunnel may be opened earlier than 6:15 a.m. and remain open longer.
The Port Authority also is working closely with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission to ensure that enough cabs are available to handle passengers using the region’s three major airports. Taxis will be urged to allow shared rides if passengers do not object.
The Port Authority strongly urges travelers who cannot carpool into Manhattan to use existing train, bus or ferry services.
The Port Authority will continue to provide updates as often as possible regarding service changes and activity at its facilities.