Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2022.
Completed in 1931 and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the George Washington Bridge is one of the most extensively used suspension bridges in the world, with 51 million annual vehicle crossings, equivalent to 100 million people per year. When a second lower level was added in 1962, the bridge totaled 14 lanes. Eastbound crossings are subject to a toll, which generates a revenue of about 1 million dollars per day and 350 million dollars per year (the author of these lines has contributed to some of this revenue). About 85% of the tolls are collected electronically with RFID tags.