By JOE KENNYGILL | 09/02/2016 09:14:06 A record-breaking day for the NYC tunnel traffic has seen commuters rush through New York City on Monday, with a record-setting day set for traffic at the East River Tunnel, the Queensboro Bridge and the Queens-bound Manhattan Bridge.
The morning rush reached a peak of 7,300 cars a minute, according to data from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
It was the first time that day had seen such a large number of vehicles pass through at the same time.
It was followed by a huge spike in traffic at JFK Airport, which saw 4,000 cars a second, a record for the busiest airport in the world.
In New York, the day was also the busiest day for drivers at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PBT), with 1,700 cars a half hour.
The day also saw traffic at all of the three major airports in the New York Metropolitan Area, including JFK, Penn Station and LaGuardia, all of which saw double-digit daily increases.
In addition to record-tying day numbers at the tunnel, there was also a record daily peak for congestion on the East Side Highway at Queensboro Boulevard.
That toll, which was originally set to go up for an additional four hours, was delayed to about 10:30 a.m. on Monday.
As of 9:30 p.m., there were more than 7.4 million people on the New Jersey Turnpike, with about 20 million vehicles traveling on it each day, according a new analysis from the Associated Press.
At JFK, there were 9,000 vehicles per minute.
The daily peak was 5,800 cars a 1,000-foot section of the East Coast Highway.
In the Bronx, traffic was up by nearly 30 percent at all three airports.
At the intersection of JFK/LaGuardia Road and the West Side Highway, there had been 1,800 vehicles per 1,400 feet, which is about double the daily peak of 1,500 vehicles.
At all of these three airports, traffic at some point between 8:30 and 10:00 a.ms. was at the highest level since records began in 1947, according the MTA.
At Penn Station, traffic averaged 6,400 cars a block, the second-highest average since records started in 1953.
The traffic at LaGuardie and JFK/Nassau Roads averaged 694 cars a hour, about four times the average since the 1970s, according MTA.
The peak at Penn Station was followed in New York by an additional 1,100 vehicles a minute at JFK/Rockefeller Center.
At LaGuardy, traffic topped out at 1,300 vehicles per hour.
“This morning’s record traffic day was the result of a very active morning traffic jam in the Manhattan area,” said Bill Bratton, the MTA’s top transportation official, in a statement.
“We are grateful to all the people of New York and the nation for the outpouring of prayers, support and goodwill from the public. “
“While we are grateful for the many, many good-hearted people who responded to this tragedy, we must never forget the thousands of drivers who have made this their home in the most difficult and dangerous situations. “
“They have made it their home for years and years, with their families, their friends, their neighbors, their children and their neighbors in need of transportation. “
“Today, the NYPD is committed to building a safe and secure transit system, and we are determined to deliver the safety of our New Yorkers and the safety and security of our people.” “
For the first three days of the week, there have been several delays in the tunnels, with traffic coming to a standstill at the Queensborough Bridge at 9:15 a.d. and the Eastside Highway at 9 p.d., according to MTA. “
Today, the NYPD is committed to building a safe and secure transit system, and we are determined to deliver the safety of our New Yorkers and the safety and security of our people.”
For the first three days of the week, there have been several delays in the tunnels, with traffic coming to a standstill at the Queensborough Bridge at 9:15 a.d. and the Eastside Highway at 9 p.d., according to MTA.
On Monday, traffic had increased to a peak at the intersection at the West Street and Brooklyn Bridge at 10:40 a.g., with more than 1,200 vehicles a half-hour.
The Eastside and the other bridges were clogged at times.
At 12:20 p.s.p.m, the tunnel traffic at Queensborough and La Guardia reached a record high of 7.1 million cars per hour, according MTA data.
The total number of cars on the West and LaCrosse Bridges averaged 7.5 million a half an hour, the data showed.
At 11:35 a.s., there was traffic at both LaGuardian and JFK at record highs of 7 million cars a quarter an hour. At