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Port Authority Lays Out Details Of Strike Contingency Plan

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You may find yourself driven away from Port Authority bridges and tunnels in the event of a transit strike, if you cross the line. NY1’s Tanya Valle explains in the following report.

If you're thinking about testing the city's carpooling rules should there be a strike, think again. The Port Authority will enforce the rules on Manhattan bridges and tunnels, including the George Washington Bridge.

“Vehicles carrying less than four passengers will be diverted north away from Manhattan after crossing the George Washington Bridge,” said Port Authority COO Ernesto Butcher.

Truck and commercial drivers should just forget it altogether. They'd be banned between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. from Port Authority bridges and tunnels, including the Holland and Lincoln tunnels.

At a monthly board meeting Thursday, PA officials outlined a contingency plan. It’s a plan that also would include more PATH trains running out of New Jersey to 33rd Street between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and keeping the Christopher Street station an “exit only” during the morning rush.

At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, more taxi dispatch operators will work during the morning and evening rush, plus express bus lanes will be open earlier and longer.

In addition, more private buses will head to Manhattan from the three major airports, LaGuardia, JFK and Newark, “to allow for access to Manhattan from the airports, because we expect that taxis would be fewer as they will be working primarily in Manhattan to move people around,” according to Butcher.

But they might not be moving around very fast.

- Tanya Valle
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