George Washington Bridge Bus Station Renovation: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  1. How much is being invested in this project?
  2. How is the project being financed?
  3. What will the bus station look like when construction is completed?
  4. I live in the neighborhood. How will I be impacted by the construction work?
  5. Will the bus station be fully operational during construction?
  6. Will there be lane closures during construction?
  7. How can I stay informed on the progress of this project?
  8. How long will construction last?
  9. What opportunities are available for local businesses?
  10. Who can I contact for more project information?

  1. How much is being invested in this project?
    On June 30, 2011, the Port Authority Board of Directors approved a $183 million redevelopment plan for the George Washington Bridge Bus Station (GWBBS). In addition to investing in a new, modernized transportation facility, redeveloping the GWBBS has significant benefits to the region. These benefits include the creation of more than 330 construction job-years and more than 750 total job-years; the generation of $23 million in direct construction wages, $46 million total wages, and total economic activity of $174 million; the goal of 12% MBE participation and 5% WBE participation across project; and the establishment of new retail corridors.

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  2. How is the project being financed?
    In 2011, the Port Authority selected GWBBS Development Venture LLC, (DV) which is comprised of SJM Partners and Slayton Ventures to fund the redevelopment of the GWBBS. The DV has a long-term lease with the Port Authority, in which the Port Authority will invest approximately $83 Million, and the DV an additional $100 million. The $183 million total investment will provide for the redevelopment of both the retail and bus operations at the GWBBS.

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  3. What will the bus station look like when construction is completed?
    This is the most significant construction project at the bus station since it first opened in 1963. The renovated complex will feature a new, state of the art transportation facility above an array of first class national and local retail, with a range of food and service options for commuters and others who live and work in Washington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Bus operations will be consolidated to the roof top level, opening up the lower levels for the development of the GWB Marketplace Mercado – over 120,000 square feet of new retail space. The new station will include a modern, ADA compliant, fully enclosed, air conditioned passenger pavilion and a reconfigured bus concourse, all directly accessible from the street and subway levels. The pavilion will house a spacious waiting area, ticketing, information, police, and restrooms, and will provide passengers direct views of the George Washington Bridge from one side and arriving and departing buses from the other. A state-of-the art passenger information system will be available throughout the facility.

    The original, historic station iconic concrete roof and exterior structure will be preserved and rehabilitated. The infill glass exterior wall panels and store entries will be replaced.

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  4. I live in the neighborhood. How will I be impacted by the construction work?
    The construction team will provide full time noise and dust monitoring and control throughout the construction process.

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  5. Will the bus station be fully operational during construction?
    Yes, buses will continue to serve customers throughout the entire construction process. A temporary trailer located on Fort Washington Avenue will provide a climate controlled waiting area, restrooms, ticketing, police and information services while the main building is closed for construction. During this time, the tunnel connection between the NYC subway and the bus station will be closed, so commuters will transfer between stations at the street level. Jitney, long haul, and local buses will all operate from the top level of the station. Departing passengers will access buses from a temporary staircase on Fort Washington Avenue and 179th Street. Arriving passengers will exit the station via an existing staircase to 178th Street. The temporary trailer is ADA accessible, and ADA pickups and dropoffs will continue to be made on Fort Washington Avenue.

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  6. Will there be lane closures during construction?
    During off-peak hours, there will be periodic single lane closures on 178th Street, 179th Street, Broadway, and Fort Washington Avenue to accommodate work on the exterior of the bus station. Each roadway will be fully reopened during daytime hours, and detours will be implemented during any nighttime closures.

    When work is being done on the façade, pedestrians should expect full sidewalk closures adjacent to the building along 178th Street, 179th Street, and Broadway, with detours to the opposite side of the street. Temporary barriers will be placed around the trailer on Fort Washington Avenue to provide a safe walkway for pedestrians, and all traffic lanes and pedestrian pathways will be maintained.

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  7. How can I stay informed on the progress of this project?
    We encourage you to sign up to receive regular project updates by clicking here. Updates will also be posted to this website, and to the Port Authority’s @PANYNJ Twitter feed.

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  8. How long will construction last?
    Project completion was originally expected in 2015, however it is running behind schedule due to a number of challenges encountered by the developer and contractor during construction. Completion is now scheduled for spring 2017.

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  9. What opportunities are available for local businesses?
    For more information on business opportunities at the GWBBS, specifically regarding retail, advertising, and M/WBE participation, please click here.

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  10. Who can I contact for more project information?
    Contact Veronica Smith in the Port Authority's Government and Community Relations Department at 212 435-7255 or vsmith@panynj.gov.

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