Installation For Redesigned Holiday Tunnels, Bridges Decorations Begin

Kimberly Dole
December 02, 2019 - 10:04 am
Holland tunnel decoration wreaths

Port Authority


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Port Authority, on Monday will being to install its holiday decorations at its tunnels and bridges, including the new decorations for the Holland Tunnel, after a re-design was announced following 2018's holiday wreath controversy.

"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."

An online petition complaining that the decorations on the New York-bound tunnel were distracting bought about the changes which will feature a slightly larger Christmas tree than the one used last year that will be placed to cover the letter "A'' and a wreath will cover the letter "O." There will also be a menorah positioned at the corner of Marin Boulevard and 12th Street adjacent to the toll plaza on the New Jersey side of the tunnel.

"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. "

Cotton adds that the holiday menorahs, wreaths, and lights add some holiday cheer to the customer experience. "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!"

The George Washington Bridge also will be decorated with a tree and menorah in each toll plaza, 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 decor include reindeer lights along 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 covered with decorations from wooden Nutcracker soldiers and a large menorah to wreaths and colored lights along exterior canopies.

The Port Authority also is working with local Jewish congregations to stage menorah lightings throughout the month of December.

Currently, there are ceremonial menorah lightings scheduled for December 18 at the Staten Island Bridge and December 19 as follows:

  • The George Washington Bridge at 10 a.m.
  • Lincoln Tunnel at 12:30 p.m.
  • Port Authority Bus Terminal at 1:30 p.m.

The ceremonial lightings will take place on Sunday, December 22, the first night of Hanukkah and will be performed by Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky.

The Holland Tunnel lighting will occur on December 22.