By Rich Lamb

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Are people paying to cut the line for visiting the 9/11 Memorial?

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb On The Story

Passes to the 9/11 Memorial are free online and often booked months in advance. However, the 9/11 Memorial Foundation also gives allotments of tickets to ferry boat companies and ‘hop on/hop off’ bus firms to help prevent traffic jams in Lower Manhattan.

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The tour companies hand those tickets, 10 percent of the their total, out daily, which means those customers have the ability to visit the memorial, while others who’ve ordered tickets can wait months for them.

“We are very clear that the memorial passes are free and these tour companies are not allowed to mark up the tickets. We monitor that on a day-to-day basis to make sure everyone who wants to come can come,” foundation president Joe Daniels told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb.

Daniels says when one tour company put a package on its website that charged a higher price to include memorial tickets, their allocation was cut off until they backed off.

Have you been to the 9/11 Memorial? What do you think of it?