International Design & Deliverability Competition

Invitation to Compete

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (the “Port Authority”) welcomes your participation in the Port Authority Bus Terminal International Design + Deliverability Competition (the “Competition”). The Port Authority is launching this Competition to inform the Port Authority's master planning efforts and select a conceptual design that most fully meets the Design + Deliverability Objectives for a new Bus Terminal. The Port Authority anticipates awarding a one million dollar honorarium to the winning Finalist.

The Competition's scope embraces a diverse field of expertise, including architecture and engineering, intermodal transportation operations and planning, construction, land use, and finance. Competitors should therefore assemble a multi-disciplinary design-led team, of both emerging and established talent, with the appropriate skill sets and expertise to embrace the complex challenges of designing a new Bus Terminal in the heart of New York City, and deliver a conceptual design that meets the Design + Deliverability Objectives.

The Port Authority will conduct the Competition in two phases. In Phase One of the Competition, the Port Authority seeks multi-disciplinary design-led teams (each a “Competitor” and collectively the “Competitors”) to register to compete in the Competition, and submit a Phase One Submission. The Phase One Submissions will be evaluated in accordance with the Phase One Submission Evaluation Criteria. At the conclusion of Phase One, the Port Authority will shortlist Competitors to participate in Phase Two of the Competition (the “Finalists”). Neither Competitors' Phase One nor Phase Two Submissions will be anonymous.

During Phase Two, the Port Authority will issue additional materials to the Finalists. Finalists may use these materials to inform their Phase Two Submission, which must contain a fully deliverable conceptual design and a proposed methodology for delivering the conceptual design.

The Port Authority has commissioned a trans-Hudson Commuting Capacity Study of available strategies for meeting and managing the anticipated increases in trans-Hudson commuter demand over the next thirty years. While the Capacity Study is expected to be completed by June 30, 2016, interim products highlighting work in progress findings are due at the midpoint of this effort. The Port Authority anticipates providing the interim products from the capacity study to Finalists during Phase Two. In addition, the public is invited to submit comments to the Port Authority via an online survey available at The online survey will be available throughout the Competition. The Agency will provide the survey results and public comments to the Competitors, the Jury that will be selected to judge the Competition, and the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners.

Competition Conditions

This document provides pertinent details of the Competition, including the Design + Deliverability Objectives, Competitor eligibility, instructions for registration and submission, and other essential information for Competitors.

PABT Design Competition Conditions

Summary of the Port Authority's Master Planning Efforts to Date for a New Bus Terminal

As part of the Competition, the Port Authority intends to share with Competitors the evolution of the Port Authority's master planning efforts for a new Bus Terminal, so that Competitors can contemplate these efforts when developing their conceptual designs.

To this end, Competitors should review the four (4) appendices to the Competition Conditions. Appendix A provides the Competition's emerging Design + Deliverability Brief. The purpose of the emerging Design + Deliverability Brief is twofold: (1) to provide Competitors with an overview of the Port Authority Bus Terminal (the “Bus Terminal”) and the challenges the facility faces in the present and future; and (2) to describe the master planning process and efforts that the Port Authority has undertaken to date for the Bus Terminal. Competitors should review the emerging Design + Deliverability Brief to expedite their understanding of the various concepts that the Port Authority has considered to date for the design and construction of a new bus terminal. Appendix B contains presentations given to the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners relating to the master planning efforts. Appendix C highlights the ongoing deliberative process behind the Port Authority's continuing master planning efforts for the new Bus Terminal which led to the five concepts provided in Appendix A. Appendix D is a list of figures and tables that appear in Appendices A-C.

The Design + Deliverability Objectives described in the Competition Conditions should guide the Competitors' submissions. The goals or objectives described in Appendix C reflect the goals and objectives of the master planning efforts only. They are not intended to represent any final determination of the Port Authority, other than to the extent that certain items may also be present in the Design + Deliverability Objectives, and should not be addressed in Competitors' submissions.

The purpose of the documents included as Appendices A, B, C, and D of the Competition Conditions is to provide information that is in the Port Authority's possession to Competitors in connection with this Competition. The Port Authority takes no position, and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee as to, and is not responsible for, the accuracy, completeness, or pertinence of these documents, and, in addition, will not be responsible for any conclusions drawn from these by any Competitor. Further, with respect to Appendix A and Appendix C, the information provided in these documents is intended to show the ongoing deliberative process behind the Port Authority's continuing master planning efforts for the new Bus Terminal. Nothing contained in Appendix A or Appendix C is intended to represent any final determination of the Port Authority.

In addition, neither the Commissioners of the Port Authority, nor any of them, nor any officer, agent or employee of the Port Authority may be: (i) charged personally with any liability by a Competitor or potential Competitor or another or held liable to a Competitor or another under any term or provision of this Competition; or (ii) any statements made in this Competition; or (iii) because of the submission or attempted submission of any document or response related to the Competition. Each Competitor, by submitting a submission in response to this Competition, expressly waives any right it may have to bring a claim against any Commissioner, officer, agent or employee of the Port Authority for any such liability.

In participating in this Competition, each Competitor acknowledges these disclaimers.

PABT Design Appendix A

PABT Design Appendix B

PABT Design Appendix C

PABT Design Appendix D

Addenda (Updated April 21, 2016)

Question & Answer Log (Updated April 27, 2016, 2:00 p.m.)

The Jury

  • Martin Wachs, will serve as jury chairman. Wachs is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously served for 25 years at the University of California-Los Angeles, including 11 years as chairman of the Department of Urban Planning.
  • Gail Benjamin, retired former New York City Council Land Use Director. Benjamin served on the New York City Council for 24 years, and has extensive experience navigating complex New York City land-use matters.
  • Tilly Chang, Executive Director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Chang's professional experience includes planning, development and delivery of multi-modal transportation projects, as well as transportation policy and urban planning. She also has worked at the World Bank and the San Francisco Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
  • Robert Paaswell, Distinguished Professor at the Grove School of Engineering, The City College of New York. Paaswell previously served as executive director of the Chicago Transit Authority.
  • Robert Puentes, President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. Puentes previously served at the Brookings Institution. He led projects relating to sustainable transportation, infrastructure finance, access to opportunity- and urban planning.
  • Phillip Washington, CEO of Los Angeles Metro. Washington oversees a fleet of 2,000 buses and six rail lines. He is a former CEO of Denver, Colorado's Regional Transportation District and a former Chair of American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
  • Dana Skelley, Director of Asset Management, Transport for London, Surface Transport. Skelley is one of Britain's most senior and respected women in engineering. She leads 500 engineers and asset managers and is responsible for more than £15 billion of infrastructure, including maintenance of London's arterial roads, 6,200 traffic lights, 1,800 bridges, 12 tunnels and more than 1,000 miles of walkways. She has been awarded the Order of the British Empire.

Register to Compete (Updated April 12, 2016)

Each Competitor wishing to enter the Competition must officially register with the Port Authority by completing the Registration Packet located on the Competition website, and sending the completed packet via email to This Registration Packet will require Competitors to make certifications and agree to terms and conditions relating to the Competition. A Competitor's submission will not be reviewed until the Port Authority is in receipt of the Competitor's complete Registration Packet. Competitors may register up to and including the Phase One Submission Deadline, but are encouraged to submit their Registration Packet as soon as possible.

PABT Design Registration Packet (Updated April 12, 2016)


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Connect with Us

All questions and communications regarding this Competition should be emailed to Telephone inquiries should be addressed to the Competition's hotline: 212-435-4670.

Town Hall Forum

Below is the presentation given on April 18, 2016, at a town hall meeting hosted by Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, and Community Board 4, regarding the Port Authority Bus Terminal International Design + Deliverability Competition.

Port Authority Board Chairman John Degnan indicated that the Board's final design choice will be informed by the previously presented Midtown Bus Master Plan; the Jury's recommendations; the findings of a Trans-Hudson Commuting Capacity Study authorized by the board in October 2015; consultations with partner agencies, and input from commuters and neighbors of the bus terminal.



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