PANYNJ’s Bayonne Bridge Goes Cashless and First Customer Is “Thrilled” staffs the opening of the Bayonne Bridge’s AET system and elevated roadway, riding with the first driver to cross the span (who arrived at 3 AM). “I really wanted to be the first one over the bridge,” Port Richmond resident Francis Cardamone told the website, “It was thrilling.” The report adds, “The project has been no easy task, particularly since the Port Authority has wanted to maintain the integrity of Othmar Ammann’s original historic design.” also covers the opening and provides a video report.