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PORT AUTHORITY WILL BUILD NEW BUS TERMINAL ON MANHATTAN'S WEST SIDE NEAR CURRENT FACILITY

Date: Mar 24, 2016
Press Release Number: 42-2016

Board to fund multi-billion dollar replacement of America's busiest bus terminal in 2017-2026 Capital Plan, with new station remaining in New York

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today committed to keep on Manhattan's West Side a new state-of-the-art bus terminal to replace the aging and outmoded current facility, while also voting to dedicate the funding necessary for completion of the project.

The Board committed to allocate the necessary funds for the project's construction in New York City when the Port Authority establishes its 2017-2026 Capital Plan.

The anticipated capacity needs and funding for a new bus terminal will be determined in part by the results of the recently announced Port Authority International Design + Deliverability Competition. The competition seeks to deliver a winning conceptual design for a new terminal through a qualified multi-disciplinary team, informed in part by the results of an ongoing Trans-Hudson Commuting Capacity Study.

"By committing to build a much-needed 21st century bus terminal on the West Side of Manhattan, with the understanding that no bus terminal will be built in New Jersey, we are making a crucial investment in our region's economic growth," said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. "This is a vital service for the many thousands of riders who rely on this critical link for their daily commute for decades to come."

The ongoing design and deliverability competition, announced March 11, is being conducted in two phases. Phase One submissions from multidisciplinary design-led teams are due in April. Finalist submissions will be due in late summer 2016, with the competition winner expected to be announced in September. Prospective competitors should refer to the competition website for important updates, such as today's commitment by the Board.

The winning design concept is expected to deliver on agency objectives that include an appropriate level of service to meet future bus passenger demand, improved functionality for bus parking and staging, minimizing traffic impact on surrounding local streets, and sustaining safety and security.

The design concept must be cost-effective, taking into account both capital and future operating costs given limited financial resources and the history of significant operating losses at the existing bus terminal.

About the Port Authority Bus Terminal

Built in 1950 and expanded in 1979, the Port Authority Bus Terminal accommodates approximately 220,000 passenger trips and more than 7,000 bus movements on an average weekday. In 2014, it accommodated 66 million passenger trips and 2.3 million bus movements. Demand is expected to increase to as many as 270,000 daily peak-hour passengers by 2020, and as many as 337,000 daily peak-hour passengers by 2040.

To improve conditions for customers at the existing bus terminal while planning continues for the design and construction of a new terminal, the Board in 2014 approved a $90-million Quality of Commute program. This initiative includes operational improvements to help reduce crowding and improve bus flow, and has resulted in significantly fewer customer complaints about bus delays. It also includes the addition of increased cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity within the terminal and the installation of new restrooms, among other changes.

For up-to-the-minute updates on conditions at the bus terminal and at other Port Authority facilities, travelers are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/.

Contact:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.