Press Release Article


Date: Mar 31, 2004
Press Release Number: 33-2004

Faster Travel Begins This Weekend in Three E-ZPass Lanes

On Sunday, April 4, the speed limit will increase from 15 mph to 25 mph in three E-ZPass-only toll lanes at the Goethals Bridge toll plaza.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “By increasing the E-ZPass speed limit at the Goethals Bridge, we’ve made it that much easier for our customers to travel between New Jersey and Staten Island. Just last week, Governor McGreevey celebrated the first successful year of New Jersey’s overhauled E-ZPass program; today’s announcement complements those improvements.”

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “Our Toll Plaza Program has increased the E-ZPass speed limit at three of our crossings in less than one year. We have shortened lines and reduced congestion without compromising safety, while saving people time.”

Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro said, “Increasing the E-ZPass speed limit has been a huge success at the Outerbridge and now we’re building on that success at the Goethals. The increased speed limit will go a long way in easing traffic headaches for Staten Islanders, and it is sure to encourage more motorists to purchase E-ZPass. I commend the Port Authority on its innovative toll collection technology.”

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said, “Any program which enables commuters to get home to their families safely and more quickly is great. I commend the Port Authority’s efforts and their work to improve driving conditions for motorists along some of the busiest roadways in New Jersey.”

Motorists will see several changes at the Goethals Bridge toll plaza when the speed limit increase takes effect at 7 a.m. Sunday:

  • Three far-left toll lanes will function as E-ZPass-only lanes and have a 25 mph speed limit. The current speed limit in these lanes is 15 mph.

  • Three far-right toll lanes will function as a combination of staffed, full-service lanes handling cash payments and E-ZPass transactions. The E-ZPass speed limit in these lanes will remain at 5 mph.

  • Trucks exiting at Forest Avenue, the first exit beyond the toll plaza, will be advised to use the full service/E-ZPass lanes on the right of the toll plaza.

Additional signs will be posted on approach roads to highlight the speed limit increase and appropriate lane usage. New barriers also will separate higher-speed lanes from other lanes.

The Goethals Bridge is the third Port Authority facility to implement a 25 mph speed limit for E-ZPass only lanes. In June 2003, the Outerbridge Crossing became the first, followed by the George Washington Bridge Palisades Interstate Parkway toll plaza in December 2003.

For more information, customers can call 800 221-9903 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to speak to a service representative. At all other times, customers will receive automated information. They also can visit the Port Authority’s website at

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail 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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