The bus station will feature new technology providing passengers with improved arrival and departure information at key decision points throughout the facility.
Throughout the construction process, bus service will continue without interruption; however changes in location of bus loading and unloading platforms will be shifting in order to allow work to proceed. We will keep you informed of any changes that affect your travel and work with the developer to make every effort to minimize inconvenience to customers and the community.
On June 30, 2011, the Port Authority board approved a $183.2 million renovation plan for the George Washington Bridge Bus Station. The Port Authority has joined with George Washington Bridge Bus Station Development Venture LLC, of which the principals are SJM Partners and GWB Ninety Nine, LLC. The team will develop and manage the space under the terms of a lease signed on July 21, 2011. This is the most significant construction project at the bus station, since it first opened in 1963. It will modernize and fully rehabilitate this vital transportation facility, through a public/private partnership, and provide employment and shopping opportunities in the Washington Heights community.
The new bus station 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 new GWB Bus Station MarketPlace retail space will quadruple from the current 30,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet with all store and service entrances at the street level to provide the greatest accessibility to customers and the community.
The facility will be fully renovated and ADA-compliant, with new bus loading areas and passenger amenities, as well as new escalators and ADA elevators from the subway and street to the bus station level. The facility will also feature state-of-the-art, real-time signage, as well as new and enhanced life safety systems. All bus operations will be consolidated and housed under an open-air rooftop bus concourse with a modern, fully air-conditioned passenger pavilion, a spacious waiting area, ticketing and restrooms. The pavilion will provide views of the George Washington Bridge from one side and arriving and departing buses from the other.