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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Announces the New $10 Billion Midtown Bus Terminal

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New York NY, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced the publication by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Midtown Bus Terminal replacement and released revised project plans in response to feedback from key stakeholders, including commuters and the surrounding community.

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Port Authority Reports Traffic Levels at the Bridges and Tunnels in May 2023 Reached Pre-pandemic Levels

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Fort Lee NJ, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced its facility volumes at the agency’s regional airports, bridges and tunnels, PATH commuter rail and seaport for the month of May 2023.

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Lane Closures Planned This Week at George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel and Goethals Bridge

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AirTrain Newark Suspended Saturday Night to Sunday Morning for Routine Maintenance

Reminder: Face Coverings Continue to Be Required in All Port Authority Facilities, Including Airports, Midtown Bus Terminal and on AirTrain 

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Hoboken NJ, For the week of August 27 to September 2, 2021, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey encourages all travelers who use the agency’s facilities to plan ahead and consider additional travel time due to the following:

LANE CLOSURES IN EFFECT

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12 hurt after NJ Transit Buses Collide Heading into the Lincoln Tunnel

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Secaucus NJ, according to reports 12 people were injured this morning when one New Jersey Transit bus rear-ended another on a New Jersey Turnpike exit ramp on Monday morning.
The 7:15 a.m. crash occurred when a 139 bus hit the back of a 113 bus as both were traveling from Exit 16E to Route 495 east in Secaucus, according to State Police  and  New Jersey Transit .

Both drivers and about 10 passengers were brought to local hospitals with ‘non life-threatening injuries. NJ Transit Officials reported seven passengers on the 139 bus and six passengers on the 113 bus. Both buses were headed to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, the 139 from Lakewood and the 113 from Dunellen , New Jersey.The ramp from the Turnpike to Route 495 remains partially closed as of 9:20 a.m.

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Port Authority of New York and Jersey Seeks $3 Billion Federal Bailout

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Fort Lee NJ, Port Authority of New York and Jersey Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Executive Director Rick Cotton called on the federal government to provide the Port Authority with $3 billion in direct financial assistance to avoid the devastating impact of sharp revenue losses to the agency’s critically important capital construction projects. The agency has projected revenue losses of $3 billion over 24 months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal aid will protect the agency’s capital plan – and by doing so, to help drive the region’s and the nation’s economic recovery.

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Posts Single Worst Quarter on Record

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Fort Lee NJ, Today the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released its six-month financial results which revealed an approximately $777 million decline in revenues through June 30, 2020 as compared to the agency’s budget, with additional losses against 2020 Budget expected through the balance of the year. Since the full force of the Covid-19 crisis started in March, the agency’s revenue loss has averaged $240 million per month as compared to budget. Based on these results, together with the forward-looking forecasts, the Port Authority continues to project a $3 billion loss in revenues for the 24-month period ending March 2022.

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Cash toll Collection at Hudson River Crossings Suspended

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Fort Lee NJ,   Drivers between New York and New Jersey will not be able to pay with cash going forward. The Port Authority announced , “All Port Authority Crossings to NY now have cashless tolling. EZ Pass or tolls by mail. Vehicles should keep moving through the toll plaza at safe speeds.”

The  shift to electronic toll collection at the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel and Holland Tunnel starting 9 p.m. on Sunday. License plate images will be captured for drivers without E-ZPass and bills will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Discount programs, including carpool rates, will also be temporarily suspended.

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Wednesday Accident Shuts Down Port Authority Bus Terminal and Lincoln Tunnel

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New York NY, Wednesday’s crash in Union City on Route 495 out bound from the Lincoln Tunnel caused a commuting nightmare on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Lincoln Tunnel and 495 shut down for hours, causing the closure of the Port Authority bus terminal leaving commuters to look for alternate routes out of the city.

The Lincoln Tunnel shut down backed up Midtown traffic for miles heading toward the Holland Tunnel. Those jams lasted well into the evening as commuters tried to escape the city for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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Route 495 lane closures to begin Friday Expect severe congestion and delays for next two-and-a-half years

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Union City NJ, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti today strongly urged motorists who take Route 495 to the Lincoln Tunnel to adjust their travel plans to avoid severe traffic congestion expected for the next two-and-a-half years, as necessary lane closures begin to rehabilitate the Route 495 Bridge over Route 1&9 and Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen.

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Rockland Coaches, Customers in Washington Twp : Route 495 Helix Project

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Dear Valued Customers:

We wanted to provide an update concerning the upcoming NJ DOT restoration project on the route 495 helix.  A meeting was held yesterday  with the PABT, NJ DOT, and all bus carriers.  It was announced that the construction will commence on Friday August 10th however the lane closures on 495 will not occur until Monday August 20th.  The project is anticipated to last for 2 1/2 years.
  
The dedicated bus lane will remain active through the life of the project, but regular vehicular traffic will be reduced from 4 lanes to 3 in either direction.  Although the bus lane will be open in the morning, we do anticipate delays getting to the bus lane at the junction of the NJ Turnpike.  It is still anticipated that traffic going into the City in the afternoon will be most impacted by the restoration project. The Port Authority additionally anticipates that westbound traffic on 495 will be minimally impacted throughout the course of the day.

We will unfortunately not know the true impact this project will have on the daily commute until the construction begins however we will remain in constant communication with the PABT & NJ DOT throughout the project. We again encourage you to visit restorenj495.com for further information and you can also sign up to receive email alerts related to the project on that site as well.

Thank you for your time.

Adam Rodriguez
Operations Manager
Rockland Coaches, Inc. 

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Route 495 lane closures to begin in mid-August

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North Bergen NJ, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the lane closures necessary as part of the rehabilitation of the Route 495 Bridge over Route 1&9 and Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen are expected to begin in mid-August.

The work is scheduled to start on Friday, August 10, with the closure of the 31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard to Route 495 westbound, with traffic detoured onto Patterson Plank Road. A week later, on Friday, August 17, one lane of Route 495 in each direction will be closed, limiting the roadway capacity and causing severe congestion. NJDOT will provide more detailed information as the start of the lane closures nears.

The exclusive bus lane (XBL) will remain operational during construction. This construction is expected to last for about two and a half years while the entire bridge deck, parapets, light fixtures, guiderail, and drainage are replaced. The entire project is expected to be completed in summer 2021.

The $90.3 million state-funded project began in September 2017 with local street improvements. The work in the first phase, which was necessary before the lane closures could be implemented, has been taking place under the bridge and along the Paterson Plank Road – Union Turnpike corridor.

The project to rehabilitate the nine-span viaduct includes repairs and reconstruction of the bridge deck, replacement and strengthening of deteriorated structural steel, and the repair and painting of the substructure. Construction will be accomplished in stages by first making improvements to local streets in the surrounding areas that will need to handle some of the diverted traffic during bridge construction

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Port Authority Police Catch $30,000 Ticket Scofflaw

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Jersey City NJ, Port Authority Police Officer Chris Johnson pulled over a car at the Holland Tunnel Tuesday morning and discovered more than $30,000 in unpaid tolls and fees at all three Hudson River crossings, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, according to Port Authority Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo.

The woman, identified as Shakeema N. North, 38, of Orange NJ, had 5 different EZ pass accounts and $30,000 in unpaid tolls and resulting fees from more than 400 separate incidents of toll evasion,

North was arrested on a charge of theft of services and given a summons requiring her to appear in court next Tuesday.

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The Record: High toll of tolls

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DECEMBER 8, 2015    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015, 8:53 AM
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NEW JERSEY drivers commuting to New York felt pain at the toll barriers Monday. On Sunday, the tolls at the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels went up. Again.

 

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Tolls Set to Increase as Port Authority unveils proposed $7.8B budget

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Tolls Set to Increase as Port Authority unveils proposed $7.8B budget

DECEMBER 2, 2014, 6:28 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2014, 6:34 PM
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Days before tolls on Hudson River crossings are set to rise again, the Port Authority on Tuesday released a proposed spending plan for 2015 that relies heavily on those tolls to pay for upgrades to some of the region’s airports, rail lines, roadways and the World Trade Center.

The $7.8 billion overall budget — larger than that of approximately a dozen U.S. states — is about $400 million less than what the agency spent in 2014, mostly due to a significant drop in spending to rebuild the World Trade Center, which is taking shape and will start bringing in office rental revenues in 2015.

That may come as little comfort to motorist who will see the fourth toll hike in as many years starting Dec. 6. Cash tolls will rise $1, to $15, while E-ZPass rates will rise $0.75, to $12.50 during peak hours and $10.50 at off-peak times. It is estimated that an additional $100 million will be collected at the bridges and tunnels in 2015 compared with this year.

The agency’s 2015 budget will be voted on by commissioners at their Dec. 10 meeting.

The agency plans to spend $2.9 billion on day-to-day operations—a 1.8 percent increase over this year. The agency said Tuesday that it was the ninth consecutive year that it had kept its operating budget at or below the annual rate of inflation. That is despite adding hundreds of new officers to a police force that is expected to number 1,840 in 2015, the largest it has been in at least a decade.

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