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George Washington Bridge Car Pool Experience and Steps

January 22, 2011

What can bring a flamboyant Latin male, a preppy-dressed Asian male, a sixty(ish) year old black businessman, and a punk rocked out dressed female together in one car? Getting a ride across the George Washington Bridge (GWB) from New Jersey to New York through the car pool lane.

The usual car toll to go across the GWB is $8, however if you have three or more people in the car toll decreases to $3. That’s a huge drop if you ask me, and many other drivers believe so. So in order to do this, the driver of the car waits for you at the last bus stop before the bridge and waits for other bridge-crossers. The passengers are not asked to pay anything.

As I came down the steps and saw the car in the usual wait position, I jumped into shotgun. I said, ‘Hello’ to the Latin male. Nothing else was needed. We both knew the deal. Less than a minute later, the other two jumped into the car and followed my procedure.

I never realized how diverse New York City and the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) was until I was on this car ride. This was the first car ride since I was back in the states from my trip in Europe. For a moment, it was nice to see every one together of all races, sex, and fashion types together. The diverseness just increased dramatically after we all got out, said “Thank you,” and went on our merry ways.

In conclusion, steps to get a free ride on the GWB. (Save yourself $2)**

1)   Go to any of the cars that are waiting at the bus stop right before the bridge

2)   Look inside and make sure they do not look creepy or shady. (Ladies, please, there are a lot of freaks out there)

3)   Knock on their window and ask if they are going over the bridge.

4)   Thank the driver when you get in and thank the drive when you get out.

**These instructions are for educational purposes. Please follow at your own discretion.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin permalink
    August 17, 2011 11:34 am

    Seems like this phenomenon is going to end as there are cops waiting to ticket the car drivers, for soliciting passengers for car pool 😦

    • Hiroki permalink*
      August 23, 2011 12:08 am

      Yeah, seriously…I think there may have to be a secret meet up spot that’s sent via mass email or something…and the toll’s are about to get higher!

      • John L permalink
        September 14, 2011 6:07 pm


        lets start setting up meet up spots,

      • Hiroki permalink*
        September 15, 2011 3:56 am

        John, I would love to set up a meet up spot. However, as of right now, I am not in the area and cannot be much help. Although, I do think having a meetup spot would be great. The Walgreens location is definitely a good place to meet. I’ll have to do a little more creative thinking on my part.

  2. John L permalink
    September 14, 2011 5:40 pm

    anyone coming from south side, come to Center ave and between main street and Bridge plaza south, Municipal parking lot Entrance,

    anyone coming from north side, meet up people at the Lemoine ave Shoping center, (where 24 hour walgreens is)

  3. John L permalink
    September 14, 2011 5:51 pm

    I been commuting to NYC for past 10 years via GWB, It saddens me that I see majority of drivers are single rider. it is such a waste of gas and fuel, wasteful, inefficient. most of the gas they burn is from middle east. and they talk about national DEBT. America Save, Conserve, Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. Carpool and share toll, I hate to be in the bedbug infested mini-bus, where driver wants to wait extended time to fill the bus seat. They don’t have any concern about your safety, passengers standing up where they should never have standees while Port authority is looking the other way. CAr pool and save time and money. lets set up more locations, lets start the Buzz.

    • dan permalink
      September 19, 2011 5:35 pm

      I can pick up at Borders bool store parking lot at 9am everyday.

  4. September 15, 2011 9:52 am

    I totally agree with you John and this business of Fort Lee police officers giving out tickets to car poolers is insane. They must be stopped, but in the meantime, commuters need to get organized. I live in Fort Lee and have to commute almost daily into the city, the upper east side. I want to know where and how we can set up a better system for car pooling. Where exactly should people meet? Should there be some type of online blog to facilitate communications between commuters. We need a way of letting people know that waiting near the toll, at the bus stop is not the best spot for car pooling. Hiroki, Kevin and John L, please let me know how we can make this work. No more time to lose, toll will increase this week.

  5. dan permalink
    September 19, 2011 5:36 pm

    I mean Borders Book store at the Main st and lemoine ave.

    • Hiroki permalink*
      September 19, 2011 9:40 pm

      Dan, thanks for taking the initiative. If we can find more people that are ok with that location, it would be great. By the way, isn’t Borders closed now?


  6. Jeff permalink
    October 15, 2011 11:17 am

    I realized this was the deal after seeing these cars there multiple times over the last few years, my question is, where does the driver drop everyone off at?

    • Hiroki permalink*
      October 24, 2011 10:12 am

      Majority of the drivers drop off their “friends” in front of the GWB Port Authority station. I’ve had times where I’ve been dropped off in downtown as it was the same direction the person was going.

  7. Hiroki permalink*
    October 24, 2011 10:17 am

    Any new updates on this topic?

  8. Atif permalink
    October 25, 2011 8:00 am

    I leave Saddle Brook to NYC every Weekday Morning at 6am. I can give ride 2 anyone to NYC for free if they want we can setup a meet location and a drop off location. I can drop you off in NY any ave and 56th street since i go to Queens. Let me know if interested

    • Hiroki permalink*
      December 22, 2011 6:24 am

      Wow, I’m so sorry, it took me forever to approve this comment. I have been super busy with other items. I hope people can use this website to help each other out.


  9. Vic permalink
    January 6, 2012 5:35 pm

    Hi there, I was wondering if the reverse commuters (going into NYC at night) would also work out to be the same. I read above where the passengers are dropped off, but I wasn’t exactly sure. Does the driver go up the ramp where the buses go?

    • Hiroki permalink*
      January 8, 2012 10:14 pm

      I think it’s possible for the driver to drop off people. Right after they drop off the people they can get right back on to the highway.

  10. J.C. Cardello permalink
    February 16, 2012 10:12 am

    Hello all,
    I’m a part-time teacher at a private school on the upper east side of Manhattan. I commute with my car across the GWB approximately 9:30/10am on Tues., Wed. and Thurs. of each week. I’m looking for 2 carpoolers; since I go into the City anyway, I will not charge for the commute – I’d rather pay the lower carpool rate of $3.50. Please contact me and we could set up a pick up point. Since police are ticketing at the bus stops, pickup points need to be elsewhere. Drop off would be at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, just over the GWB. Thanks.

    • Hiroki permalink*
      February 16, 2012 10:42 am

      I think this is a great opportunity for people. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  11. Cindy permalink
    July 26, 2013 3:49 pm

    Dear Everyone

    I am working in Englewood Cliffs, New Jeresy and driving through George Washington Bridge from Monday to Friday . Recently, the toll is getting higher and higher. I want to reduce my expense. I am going to car pool with 3 people. If you would like to car pool, I will leave around 4:00 pm and drive my car to George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal. If anyone interested, please e-mail @

  12. Sue permalink
    September 1, 2013 8:21 pm

    Hi – I work in NYC and drive in everyday – would love to find 2 people to pick up and drive in for free… Coming from Route 4 – can easily pick people up from Leonia, Fort Lee or surrounding area….


    Thanks, Sue

  13. sally permalink
    December 15, 2014 3:09 pm

    Does this still work?

    • Hiroki permalink*
      December 15, 2014 5:52 pm

      Oh yeah this still happens. You can still hitch a ride or pick people up as necessary!

  14. sally permalink
    December 15, 2014 3:10 pm

    If anyone still reads this thread, I leave Fort Lee every night at 5:30. It would be great to find a couple of people who need to catch a ride over the bridge at that time.


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