Revealed: Plans for Makeover of the World's Busiest Bus Terminal

The Port Authority Bus Terminal, described as the busiest bus terminal in the world, is due for a makeover, due to its "ragged" appearance and importance to the economy of the New York and New Jersey.

May 24, 2019, 2:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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"New York and New Jersey are moving forward with plans to replace the world’s busiest bus terminal, and have homed in on three options for the new facility," reports Dana Rubinstein.

One would have the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — which runs the bus terminal — rebuild it in place, while having buses continue to service the existing terminal during construction. In the second scenario, the Port Authority would convert the Jacob Javits Center’s lower level into an underground bus terminal. The third and final option is to relocate longer-haul intercity bus operations to the lower level of Javits, thereby freeing up capacity in the existing bus terminal for its primary customers: New Jersey commuters. That option allows for the terminal’s renovation, and obviates the need to rebuild it from scratch.

According to Rubinstein, Politico "obtained" the 180-page document laying out the plans for the new bus terminal, just a few weeks after the Port Authority launched the environmental review process for the project.

Like most projects in New York and New Jersey, there are political controversies and extremely high costs associated with this project, also detailed by Rubinstein in the article.

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