NJ-NY commuter traffic down 14% as city hosts Pope Francis

 Pope Francis and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, left, pray at the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Manhattan, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pope Francis and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, left, pray at the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Manhattan, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

 Fewer people are driving 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.

Numbers for PATH passengers are not yet available. But a Port Authority spokesman says the early-morning PATH commute was lighter than usual.

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