Progress appears to be occurring on a key but overlooked element of the region’s transportation infrastructure. The infamously cramped Port Authority Bus Terminal is an essential link for tens of thousands of commuters, but it’s well past due for an overhaul. The good news: one way or another—either by rehabbing the bus terminal or building a new one—the Port Authority seems finally ready to take action.
The Facts You Need to Know
Full: The bus terminal has been operating beyond capacity for more than 50 years. Read more.
River: Cross-Hudson bus travel accounts for 38% of commuter travel from New Jersey, and is essential to the region’s economic health. Read more.
Budget: The Port Authority has a long history of blowing out its budgets on major infrastructure projects such as transportation terminals. Read more.
“The commuters who pass through the Port Authority have long been assaulted by some of the most unsavory elements of urban life.”
A Port Authority document says the current bus terminal is “functionally and operationally obsolete.” @PANYNJ has narrowed options for a new location to three: existing site, Javits Center and a combo of the two. Ridership is expected to grow 30% by 2040. @wcbs880 #PABT— Peter Haskell (@peterhaskell880) May 23, 2019
The Past is Present
“A relic of the days when bigger was better, the Port Authority should now do what it does best—and dump the rest.”
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