9 Delightfully Geeky Stats About NYC Bridges And Tunnels
Approximately 290,000 vehicles enter New York City from New Jersey every day. Here's where that traffic is coming from.
More than 220 vehicles cross from New Jersey into New York City per minute, or almost 290,000 per day.
Those statistics come from a wonderfully geeky new data dump by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which last week released monthly traffic and E-ZPass usage information for 2011 through April of 2014. The data covers eastbound traffic, where tolls are collected, on the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, and Bayonne Bridge.
1. It's almost all cars.
Automobile traffic consistently makes up around 91% of the total vehicles going over and through the bridges and tunnels in a month. Trucks make up between 6 and 7 percent, and buses account for the final 2 to 3 percent.
2. The George Washington Bridge is really popular.
3. Like really popular.
4. E-ZPass usage keeps on growing.
5. Hotter months mean more traffic and more waiting.
Bridge and tunnel use peaks during the summer months, typically either in June or August. Also, the overall percentage of E-ZPass users is the lowest during those months.
6. Buses love the Lincoln Tunnel.
7. Mother Nature is powerful.
8. So is construction.
9. Even at night.
When the Port Authority shut down the Outerbridge Crossing at night in July through October 2013, overall traffic decreased 8%.