Press Release Article


Date: Nov 12, 2003
Press Release Number: 146-2003

Some Commercial Vehicle Restrictions Remain

Beginning Monday, November 17, 2003, the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekday ban on single-occupant autos at the Holland Tunnel into New York City will end. This action follows the New York City Department of Transportation’s announcement that the mayoral order prohibiting single-occupant autos from entering Manhattan below 14th Street will end. The Port Authority had joined the New York City Department of Transportation and the MTA Bridges and Tunnels in enforcing the action at the bridges and tunnels to Lower Manhattan following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The New York City mayoral order was designed to limit vehicular access to Lower Manhattan during the emergency response and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site, and to facilitate critical roadway and utility projects as part of the long-term recovery of Lower Manhattan.

In conjunction with this announcement, the Port Authority will continue to prohibit all tractor-trailers and trucks with more than three axles or a maximum width in excess of 96 inches from the Holland Tunnel in both directions. In addition, buses will be permitted to use the Holland Tunnel in both directions. These measures will help to encourage greater use of mass transit by commuters and to ease congestion for commuter buses that use the tunnel daily to reach Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority has worked cooperatively with the state Departments of Transportation in New York and New Jersey, as well as with the New York City Department of Transportation, to ensure a continued safe operating environment at the Holland Tunnel. Motorists are reminded that all tunnel-bound vehicles are subject to inspection by Port Authority Police and other law enforcement officials.

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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