Bus service continues uninterrupted from the top level of the building. All building services and waiting room have been relocated to a temporary trailer on Fort Washington Avenue and 179th Street.
Rendering of GWB Marketplace Looking South on Broadway
The George Washington Bridge Bus Station (GWBBS), which opened on January 17, 1963, was designed by Dr. Pier Luigi Nervi, the noted Italian engineer-architect of the 1960 Olympic Stadium in Rome and other world-renowned structures. The bus station received the Concrete Industry Board's 1963 award as the structure in the metropolitan area that represents the best in conception, originality and applicability of concrete, both in design and construction.
The station is built over the Trans-Manhattan Expressway (Interstate 95) between 178th and 179th Streets and Fort Washington and Wadsworth Avenues and features direct bus ramps on and off the upper level of the George Washington Bridge. In 2014, close to five million passengers on 337,000 bus trips passed through the station.
This is the most significant construction project at the bus station since it first opened in 1963.
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 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.
Bus operations will be consolidated to the roof top level, opening up the lower levels for the development of the GWBBS Mercado – over 120,000 square feet of new retail space. The Mercado will feature an array of first class national and local retail, with a range of food and service options for commuters, and all those who live and work in Washington Heights and neighboring communities.
The GWBBS Redevelopment Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between the Port Authority and a private developer, the GWBBS Development Venture (DV), which is comprised of SJM Partners and Slayton Ventures. The DV and the Port Authority share the cost of this $183.2 million project. The DV is responsible for the construction of both the retail and the bus project components. Upon completion, the DV will operate and maintain the retail space and the Port Authority will operate and maintain the bus operations.
This project is expected to result in 324 direct job-years and direct payroll wages of $19 million. It will generate $31.7 million in total regional economic activity