Date: Jan 31, 2001
Press Release Number: 14-2001
Commuters will no longer have to worry about losing the familiar sounds of their favorite FM radio station when traveling through the Port Authority\'s tunnels between New York and New Jersey. Beginning Monday, February 5, the bistate agency will activate a system that will let travelers listen to FM radio while in the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. Currently, travelers can only access AM radio stations in the two tunnels.
\"It is our goal to make our customers\' trips as pleasant as possible,\" said Ken Philmus, the Port Authority\'s Director of Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals. \"Through the use of new technology, we will ensure that FM music doesn\'t go silent in our tunnels.\"
The new system also will allow the Port Authority to override FM and AM radio signals to provide customers with important traffic and operational information.
To allow FM radio to be heard in the tunnels, new radio equipment was installed in tunnel ventilation buildings to receive FM signals and pipe them into the tunnels. The signals are then broadcast from wall-mounted antennas inside the tunnels to vehicle radios.