- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Fewer people are driving and riding into New York City from New Jersey during Pope Francis’ stay.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says traffic across the agency’s tunnels and bridges into the city between 6 a.m. and noon Friday was 14 percent lighter than usual for a Friday in September.

It was nearly 31 percent lighter than usual eastbound at the Holland and Lincoln tunnels.

Traffic crossing the George Washington Bridge was 11 percent lighter than usual.

New Jersey Transit says rail ridership was down about 50 percent and bus ridership down about 25 to 30 percent Friday morning.

The Pope had several stops scheduled in the city Friday, including the United Nations, the Sept. 11 memorial, Central Park and Madison Square Garden.

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