Vehicle Access Restrictions
There are no restrictions on passenger cars on local streets south of Canal Street. All lanes are open on FDR Drive. Southbound on FDR Drive, the Civic Center and Battery Park/Staten Island Ferry exits are now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The HOV3 lane on the Gowanus Expressway remains in effect. The HOV lane on the Gowanus Expressway leading to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is open only to vehicles with three or more passengers, buses, emergency vehicles, and taxis and for-hire vehicles with at least one passenger. All vehicles in the HOV lane must use E-Z Pass. The HOV-3 lane runs from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and is in effect Manhattan-bound only from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekdays. Vehicles with fewer than three people are not permitted in the HOV lane but can access the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel via the regular lanes of the Gowanus Expressway.
In addition to carpooling, all commuters are urged to consider subways, buses, ferries, and bicycles and walking at some points during your commute to avoid gridlock. Commuters who are interested in finding a commuter partner can also contact CommuterLink, a non-profit agency, at 1 866-NYCOMMUTE.
The inbound cash toll is $6 on the Holland Tunnel ($4 and $5 with E-Z Pass in off-peak and peak hours respectively) and $4 (or $3.50 with E-Z Pass) on the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Travel on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges is free.
More information about driving into Lower Manhattan is available at the following sites:
Additionally, LowerManhattan.info’s Get There Fast feature, which provides driving and walking directions from one spot in Lower Manhattan to another.