The next time you’re stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge, don’t give in to dark thoughts about 2013’s Bridgegate scandal, which shut down two local access lanes for four days, spawning the mother of all traffic jams. Instead, cogitate on this: You are less than a speck in the mighty torrent of 103,921,924 vehicles (give or take) that used the Fort Lee Hudson River crossing in 2019. Then consider this as you drum impatiently on the steering wheel: You’re stuck in traffic on the world’s busiest bridge.
You could hardly expect the same sense of accomplishment if you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Goethals Bridge or the Outerbridge Crossing, which top out at roughly 36 million vehicles a year. And the recently refurbished Bayonne Bridge supported (literally) fewer than 7 million roundtrip vehicles in 2019.