Press Release Article


Date: Oct 29, 2003
Press Release Number: 138-2003

Route Changes to Benefit Traffic Flow for Motorists,
Reduce Street Congestion for Neighborhood Residents

In an effort to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow on New York City streets surrounding the Lincoln Tunnel, cars and buses using the tunnel to travel from New York to New Jersey on weeknights will experience significant changes in access to the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan. Beginning Thursday, November 6, 2003, autos and buses will be required to use new routes to reach the tunnel, which will be in effect on weekdays between 4 p.m. and
7 p.m.

These traffic pattern changes, initiated in cooperation with the New York City Department of Transportation, will reduce congestion on New York City streets during the weekday evening rush period. To accommodate security checks, trucks will continue to use the 11th Avenue approach to the tunnel.

The measures are designed to increase the efficiency of the roadways around the Lincoln Tunnel and to shift bus and truck traffic to the tunnel’s North Tube, designating the Center Tube of the tunnel exclusively for passenger vehicles.

Port Authority Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Department Director Ken Philmus said, \"More than 20 million vehicles use the Lincoln Tunnel each year to travel to New Jersey, and it is our job to make each trip as convenient as possible. Our customers have used the current routes to access the Lincoln Tunnel for many years, and while it will take time for motorists to become familiar with the changes, we are confident that these new routes will reduce congestion on city streets and improve their trip. We thank the City of New York and the local community for their cooperation in making these changes possible.\"

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall said, \"We are pleased to be teaming with the Port Authority, the New York City Police Department and other agencies to provide a safer traffic alternative for Manhattan drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.\"

The changes are detailed in the attached graphic and will require cars and buses to make the following adjustments:

  • The West 33rd Street entrance to the tunnel between 9th and 10th avenues will be closed. Motorists can use the entrance at West 31st Street between 9th and 10th avenues.

  • The West 39th Street entrance to the tunnel between 9th and 10th avenues will be closed and left turns at West 41st Street from 10th Avenue northbound will be prohibited, except for buses. Motorists traveling north on 10th Avenue will be directed to enter the tunnel from dedicated roadways via West 30th Street between 10th and 9th avenues.

  • Right turns at West 41st Street from 9th Avenue southbound will be prohibited, except for buses. Motorists traveling south on 9th Avenue can turn right and enter the Lincoln Tunnel’s roadways at West 36th Street.

  • During the evening peak, buses leaving the Port Authority Bus Terminal will be directed to the Lincoln Tunnel North Tube rather than the Center Tube.

  • The southbound bus lane on Dyer Avenue will be closed. Buses on 41st Street or exiting the Lower Level of the Bus Terminal must proceed west on 41st Street and enter the tunnel via Galvin Avenue between 10th and 11th avenues.

  • Auto customers who park on the roof of The Port Authority Bus Terminal are advised to use extra caution upon exiting the parking garage due to the traffic pattern change.

For more information, contact the Port Authority 800 221-9903 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Automated information is available at other times. Information is also available on the Port Authority’s web site,, and on messages broadcast over your car radio when inside the tunnel. Motorists also can obtain information by calling 311 from New York City or 212 NEW-YORK from outside the Manhattan for more information.

The Port Authority and the New York City Department of Transportation will continue to monitor these changes and make modifications as needed.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. 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 also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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