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Port Authority Narrows Down Options For New Bus Terminal

May 23, 2019 - 5:11 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — There was another step taken Thursday towards a new and improved Port Authority Bus Terminal.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was able to narrow down three options for the new terminal.

The first option would be to rebuild the terminal at the existing site in Midtown. The second would be to convert part of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center into a new transit hub. The last option would be a combination of the first two.

Port Authority executive director Rick Cotton says they're looking at two criteria for the new location.

“Does the alternative have the potential to provide the needed capacity for the buses needed in the future and does it avoid taking private property," he says.

The authority does acknowledge that there could be additional problems with building the terminal in the Javits Center. According to Haskell, improved access would be needed to the Lincoln Tunnel and the West Side Highway would have to be raised.

The bus terminal is one of the busiest in the country with over a quarter million passenger trips per day.

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