Midtown Bus Master Plan

  • Project Background
  • Project Vision
  • Galvin Plaza
  • Your Feedback
  • FAQs

Project Background

Port Authority Bus Terminal, 2013

Located between Eighth and Ninth Avenues and spanning from 40th to 42nd Streets, the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) is positioned in the heart of Manhattan, adjacent to Times Square. The PABT consists of two buildings, the North Wing and South Wing (connected at the Subway level and the second floor). A series of ramps lead from the Lincoln Tunnel directly to the PABT, helping to keep bus traffic off local streets. Originally completed in 1950, the terminal underwent multiple expansions during the following decades. In addition to connections to multiple bus carriers and subway lines, the terminal offers a variety of retail options and services.

The PABT is the largest bus terminal in the nation and one of the busiest bus terminals in the world. The PABT is already operating at full capacity, yet by 2040, peak-hour passenger traffic is expected to increase by 35-51% and peak-hour bus traffic is expected to increase by 25-39%. In order to meet the growing transportation demands of the region, the agency has undertaken several initiatives to improve the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the associated roadway infrastructure. The Midtown Bus Master Plan is a planning effort designed to study the existing bus terminal and surrounding infrastructure, and propose alternatives for future rehabilitation or replacement.


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Project Vision

The Midtown Bus Master Plan will include several different alternative development scenarios for the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT), ranging from rehabilitation and repair of the current buildings and infrastructure, to developing a new facility. Overall, the Midtown Bus Master Plan will become a tool to inform decision making regarding upcoming capital investments at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

The goals of the Master Plan are to:

  1. Address Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) Functional and Structural Issues: Provide tiered and phased solutions to the PABT’s physical limitations to satisfy current and future mobility requirements of the study area and region.
  2. Develop a Bus Transportation Strategy: Comprehensively integrate bus transportation improvements to complement other planned transportation and land-use investments or the study area and region.
  3. Enhance Bus Facility Urban Design: Integrate bus facility within the urban fabric of the study area.
  4. Create a superior Bus Facility: Develop program of alternatives that will result in a terminal providing a superior customer experience.
  5. Develop an Implementable Plan: Create a phased improvement program that reflects financial considerations and challenges of improving the existing Trans-Hudson bus service under full operation.
  6. Promote Economic Development and Increase Revenue Generation: Produce an implementable, cost-effective capital investment program and real estate strategy that facilitates private sector involvement, and maximize revenue opportunities.

Study Area

Implementation of the Midtown Bus Master Plan would:

  • Improve quality of life in Midtown Manhattan through better management of existing traffic and improve pedestrian accommodations
  • Improve user experience at the terminal
  • Provide a facility that can meet the operational needs of the future
  • Maintain the PABT as economic resource for businesses, tourists, and residents of Midtown Manhattan and New York City
  • Anticipate and accommodate neighborhood change due to Hudson Yards development and the 7 line subway extension
  • Minimize disruptions to the neighborhood and street network during necessary construction projects
  • Increase travel capacity and accessibility in Midtown Manhattan
  • Invest in infrastructure that will bring long-lasting benefits to the region and the neighborhood

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Galvin Plaza

buses at Galvin Plaza

The photograph above shows bus traffic on local streets around the PABT.
The Galvin Plaza facility would help to reduce the bus traffic on neighborhood streets.

Galvin Plaza is a Port Authority owned site that covers the entire block located between 40th and 41st  Streets and 10th and 11th Avenues on the far west side of Midtown Manhattan.  Galvin Plaza sits above one of the portals to the Lincoln Tunnel. The site’s large, full block footprint and its direct access to the Lincoln Tunnel make it an important component of the Master Planning effort.

In March, the Port Authority applied for a grant from the Federal Transit Administration to construct a bus facility on the Galvin Plaza site.  This grant would help fund a one level facility for bus parking and staging, with direct access to both the Lincoln Tunnel and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, reducing the need for buses to enter the local street network. The proposed bus annex would have 112 highly flexible storage spaces that could be used for either bus parking or bus staging and as possible swing space for the PABT during its reconstruction/rehabilitation.

Rendering of the Proposed Galvin Plaza Bus Annex

Rendering of the Proposed Galvin Plaza Bus Annex.

The creation of a bus facility at the Galvin Plaza site would help to reduce congestion along New York City streets and help to improve delays and congestion within the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  As the Master Planning process continues, the Galvin Plaza site will remain an important part of the planning process.

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Your Feedback

Your feedback is important to us as we strive to serve the region with top customer service at our facilities. In the coming months, look for additional information about the Midtown Bus Master Plan at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Port Authority website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a Master Plan?
  2. When will there be a new bus terminal?
  3. Will the bus terminal always be located at its current location?
  4. Will my bus service be impacted by this?
  5. How can I get in touch with PANYNJ about this project?


  1. What is a Master Plan?
    A master plan is a long-term planning document, describing key elements and future goals for a specific geographic site or location. Also referred to as comprehensive planning, the creation and adoption of a master plan is often utilized by neighborhood associations, community boards, transportation agencies, city governments, as well as regional governing bodies, such as Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
    For the Port Authority, this document and associated deliverables will serve as a roadmap for future options for the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the surrounding infrastructure.


  2. When will there be a new bus terminal?
    The goal of the Midtown Bus Master Plan is not to design a new bus terminal, but rather provide a range of conceptual designs that could be implemented in the future. While a certain level of ongoing maintenance and repair at the bus terminal is guaranteed, the Port Authority is currently operating under a constrained capital capacity, therefore cannot immediately commit to building a new facility.

  3. Will the bus terminal always be located at its current location?
    The current location of the PABT, between Eighth and Ninth Avenue and spanning from 40th Street to 42nd Street, has inherent geographic advantages to providing efficient bus service due to the proximity to the Lincoln Tunnel, as well as the interconnected ramp system and exclusive bus lane (XBL). However, as part as the study, multiple site locations within the study area are being considered as potential opportunities, as either alternative locations or auxiliary locations.

  4. Will my bus service be impacted by this?
    Because the Midtown Bus Master Plan is a conceptual study, no bus routes will be directly impacted by this project. The Master Plan will provide recommendations for operational improvements and construction to renovate, replace, or add new bus facilities; in the future, any construction related activities will likely move bus service within the terminal or relocated to a temporary facility.

  5. How can I get in touch with PANYNJ about this project?
    Please refer to the Feedback Page here.


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