7. Pedestrians once used the Holland Tunnel

The Holland Tunnel without cars.
The Holland Tunnel without cars. Courtesy of Library of Congress

Shortly before the Holland Tunnel opened, The New York Times reported that “pedestrians will be allowed to use the tunnels at a toll described as ‘not encouraging.'” That did not stop an estimated 20,000 people from walking the entire length of the tunnel on the day it opened. At 12;01 a.m. the next day, the tunnel opened to vehicular traffic.

Today, more than 100,000 vehicles pass through the tunnel daily. Though the Holland Tunnel toll charges a minimum of $10.75 — this price is for motorcyclists — people stream through the tunnel all day. Similar to the pedestrians on opening day, contemporary Tristate Area residents will pay whatever they need to travel between New York City and New Jersey.