Port Authority Approves $70 Million to Plan New NYC Bus Terminal
Feb 17 2017 by Larry Hoffman
The capital plan incorporates $29.5 billion of direct spending on Port Authority projects, including $3.5 billion for a bus facility to replace the outdated, 66-year-old terminal on Manhattan's West side. This includes (aside from the above-mentioned bus terminal) a $2 billion rehabilitation of the George Washington Bridge, and billions more spent on replacing the Bayonne Bridge and the Goethals Bridge.
"It's an embarrassment that the Port Authority runs such a dilapidated, backwards facility", said Assemblyman John Wisniewski.
"Allow an extra 90 minutes to get to the airport", the Port Authority said Wednesday, adding that travelers should take mass transit and consider ride-sharing.
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"This region needs state-of-the-art airports, new mass transit infrastructure and bridges created to handle 21st Century traffic levels if we are to meet growth projections", said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.
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"This plan has rail extensions that probably will result in economic development, probably will result in riders, but don't serve the immediate needs".
The PA is also encouraging travelers who arrive at the airport by auto to park in the Long-Term Lot (P10) for $18 a day.
The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey signed off on a $32.2 billion, 10-year capital plan on Thursday, including funding to replace its main Manhattan bus terminal and financing for a new Hudson River passenger train tunnel. For now, the Port Authority is hiring environmental and technical consultants as part of the ongoing planning process.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is getting a funding infusion of $3.5 billion, though many say this is not enough, and officials in NY and New Jersey are still quarreling over the exact location and funding burdens for this project. "We look forward to working with the Port Authority to build, repair, and renew all of these vital assets", said New York Building Congress President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura. Fifty-five speakers attended the public meetings in both states to comment on specific items in the document and 9 people Tweeted comments about it. It even includes money for the long-stalled Gateway Tunnel Project, which aims to shuttle more rail commuters under the Hudson as the current two tracks hit capacity.