Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Lincoln Tunnel May Increase Carpool Lanes
Friday, January 22, 2010
New York, NY —
The Port Authority is studying a plan to get more people through the Lincoln Tunnel every morning faster. But it could cost you if you're driving alone. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein explains.
REPORTER: Over 60,000 people come into Manhattan through the Lincoln Tunnel every day on a bus. But the bus lane is nearing capacity, so the Port Authority is eyeing a plan to make two of the four incoming lanes for high occupancy vehicles. But there's a twist: The Port Authority's Mark Muriello says a car with only a driver can buy its way into the fast lane.
MURIELLO: So the notion here also is to then see if we could price the capacity and sell it to people at a higher level of service and travel time savings while protecting the travel time for the mass transit and the carpool users.
REPORTER: Other cities already have implemented such plans. There's no timetable for the Lincoln Tunnel proposal.