Press Release Article


Date: Nov 13, 2017
Press Release Number: 208-2017

The Holland Tunnel – the first trans-Hudson vehicle crossing linking New York and New Jersey and the first mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel in the world – celebrates its 90th birthday today.

The tunnel, which connects Jersey City, NJ and Lower Manhattan, was built under the auspices of the New York State Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the New Jersey Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Commission and opened for business on November 13, 1927. Today, it is a critical component of the Port Authority’s transportation network, handling more than 30 million vehicles each year.

In 1984, the Holland Tunnel was designated a National Historic Civil and Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil and Mechanical Engineers due to its valuable contribution to tunnel design and construction. In 1993, the tunnel was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Prior to the tunnel opening, the only underground tunnels linking the two states were for rail travel and operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (which in 1962 became the Port Authority Trans-Hudson or PATH system).

“It is a distinct honor for all of us who work here at the Holland Tunnel to operate and maintain this remarkable 90-year old transportation facility,” said Holland Tunnel General Manager Enrique Ramirez. “We are all committed to ensuring the tunnel’s continued vitality and critical service to the region.”

Following are facts and figures about the Holland Tunnel:

  • Width of roadway: 20 feet
  • Length of tunnel portal to portal
    North tube: 8,558 feet
    South tube: 8,371 feet
  • Number of toll lanes: 9
  • Operating headroom: 12 feet, 6 inches
  • External diameter: 29 feet, 6 inches
  • Maximum depth from mean high water to roadway: 93 feet, 5 inches
  • Number of ceiling tiles: 3.1 million
  • Number of wall tiles: 2.9 million
  • Handles 30 Million Vehicles Annually
  • Ventilation system changes air every 90 seconds

To learn more about the history of the tunnel, visit

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