There a lot of interesting things going on with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. From Lincoln Tunnel car pooling to the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) Tunnel there are changes taking place in the New Jersey to New York travel routes.
Since December of 1937, when the Lincoln Tunnel opened for public use, its history has been one of change. The original Lincoln Tunnel cost to the taxpayers was $75 million with the prevailing thought that it would not be frequently used. As time progressed Lincoln Tunnel added a second tunnel; then a third tunnel to help alleviate traffic congestion and better traffic flow to Manhattan.
The Port Authority developed several plans to improve traffic flow to New York via the Lincoln Tunnel by creating HOV lanes for buses, car pooling, etc. However, the HOV lanes for buses have reached their capacity, the car poolers are no longer getting a discount, and now the Port Authority is offering single driver’s use of the HOV lanes for an additional fee.
With the Lincoln Tunnel being the busiest tunnel in the world; project partners NJ Transit, the Federal Transportation Administration, and the Port Authority are building the largest transit operation in the nation to relieve the traffic congestion. The Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) Tunnel is currently under construction. At a projected cost of 8.7 billion dollars the ARC will create construction jobs, reduce the footprint of cars and train transfers, reduce travel time, and will be more comfortable.
For the $8.7 billion being spent there will be construction of two (2) commuter rail tracks under the Hudson River, expansion of Penn Station New York under 34th Street and double capacity for people between New Jersey and midtown Manhattan.
Tenafly get ready to try a new way of traveling.
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