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Fort Lee's Casual Carpoolers

Sharing rides across the GWB can save money, but it might get you a ticket.

Traveling from Fort Lee to New York City can be expensive: $3.20 bus fare or $13 for those driving a car. But those trying to cross the George Washington Bridge have come up with a unique cooperative solution. 

Drivers will often stop at the last bus stop before the bridge and let people into their cars in order to pay a reduced carpooling toll. 

This "casual carpooling" can be a great money-saving solution -- as long as the driver doesn't get a ticket. This practice has sometimes been called "hitchhiking" or "begging rides" which is illegal. 

My9NJ says that "casual carpooling" has been going on for 25 years, and that police only crack down when it causes delays in traffic. 

In a 2012 crackdown, Governor Christie asked Port Authority police to stop ticketing drivers, saying that the Port Authority was being "heavy-handed." 

MARC July 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM
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