NEWARK,NJ--The Port Authority recently installed holiday decorations at its tunnels and bridges, continuing a tradition of sharing in the spirit of the season with travelers from near and far.
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Back by popular demand this holiday season will be the new design scheme on the Holland Tunnel façade, which was selected after an online petition was launched in response to the previous arrangement, which had been in place for decades. The design includes having a Christmas tree (slightly larger than the one used last year) hanging in congruence over the A and a wreath covering the O in Holland to bring even more holiday joy to the viewer. In addition to the tree and the wreath, a menorah will be positioned at the corner of Marin Boulevard and 12th Street adjacent to the toll plaza.
“Last year, we heard our decorations at the Holland Tunnel weren’t up to snuff, and we took action. This season, the design matches the results of the 2018 customer poll, complete with a newly resized tree to cover the A,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “It’s truly a time of merriment and cheer, and we look forward to continuing our holiday traditions of decorating the New Jersey/New York crossings for our customers to enjoy.”
“Improving the customer experience at all of our transportation facilities by better aligning with travelers’ needs – and their vision for holiday decorations - has been among our top priorities. When our customers call for a change, we listen,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “The holiday menorahs, wreaths, and lights at our facilities add a bit of holiday cheer to the customer experience. And we are going the extra mile this year at the Holland Tunnel by redesigning the tree to achieve a ‘more perfect union’ between the tree and the A!”
“I’m happy the Port Authority had some holiday fun with the public last year and showed that they do care about how we feel and what we think,” said Cory Windelspecht, who began an online petition last year that sparked a new design for the Holland Tunnel decorations. “I’m very happy they are keeping the holiday tradition of lighting up the Holland Tunnel alive and look forward to a great Christmas and Holiday season in New York, the greatest city in the world.”
The George Washington Bridge also will be adorned with festive décor, including a tree and menorah in each toll plaza, and a tree and menorah on top of the inbound bus ramp and in the common area of the Fort Washington level of the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.
The Lincoln Tunnel’s decorations include reindeer lights along Boulevard East on the New Jersey side of the tunnel and decorations along the tunnel’s approach roads on the New York side. The Port Authority Bus Terminal will be bustling with decorations from top to bottom, with wooden Nutcracker soldiers and a large menorah on the Performing Arts Stage, wreaths hung from multiple locations, colored lights along exterior canopies, sleighs, reindeer and colored lights that resemble trees on top of exterior canopies and candy canes and snowflakes in public facing windows in the building.
The holiday spirit will be in full swing at the Staten Island Bridges. At the Goethals Bridge, a large wreath will be attached to the north tower facing westbound traffic and another wreath will be affixed to the south tower facing eastbound traffic. Menorahs also will be positioned at the bases of the north and south towers and will be visible to eastbound and westbound traffic. At the Outerbridge Crossing, a wreath will be attached to the north side of the administration building, visible to eastbound and westbound traffic and a wreath will be placed at the rotunda facing eastbound traffic.
In addition to decorations on the bridges and tunnels, the Port Authority also is working with local Jewish congregations to stage menorah lightings at the facilities throughout the month of December. Ceremonial menorah lightings are currently scheduled for December 18 at the Staten Island Bridge and December 19 at the George Washington Bridge (10 a.m.), Lincoln Tunnel (12:30 p.m.) and Port Authority Bus Terminal (1:30 p.m.). The ceremonial lightings will be performed by Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky. The actual first candle lightings will take place on Sunday, December 22, the first night of Hanukkah. The Holland Tunnel lighting will occur on December 22.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.