Port Authority reports ‘historic declines’ in passenger volume during pandemic

COVID-19 drastically changed the way people travel in the tri-state area, and new numbers out Thursday from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are painting a clearer picture of the impact from self-quarantining and working from home.

In December, passenger volume at the area’s airports decreased by 75% compared to a year ago, down 66% at Newark Liberty International alone. Commuting by PATH train was down 78.5% year over year. The numbers of cars, buses and trucks using the four bridges and two tunnels were down 18.9% compared to December of 2019.

The Port Authority says these are “historic declines,” causing billions of dollars in losses for the agency.

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