George Washington Bridge Car Pool Experience and Steps
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.