Date: May 04, 2012
Press Release Number: 63-2012
Agency Cites Major Safety Concerns for Pedestrians and its Bus Facility
Citing major safety concerns, the Port Authority’s executive director today said the city should not renew a permit that currently allows Megabus to park and operate outside the agency’s busy Port Authority Bus Terminal.
“Running a major long-haul bus operation on a city street outside one of the world’s busiest bus facilities is unsafe, risky and simply not smart,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “During the two-month pilot program, the arrangement’s impact on the safety of pedestrians and on our facility has been of concern to us and we encourage the city to seek a more appropriate and less dangerous location for Megabus to run its operations.”
In an agency letter to Margaret Forgione, Manhattan Borough Commissioner for the city’s Department of Transportation, the Port Authority said Megabus should no longer be allowed to operate at 41st Street and Eighth Avenue after the pilot permit expires. The city had set May 7 as the day the pilot program was to conclude.
The Port Authority said that lengthy Megabus queue lines frequently extend from the bus terminal’s 41st Street doors west towards Ninth Avenue, often wrapping around the corner on late afternoons and weekends. These customers block the terminal’s lower level bus exit onto 41st Street and pose a safety risk when buses are exiting the terminal.
The letter also cites the Authority’s concern prompted by passengers who are boarding Megabus mid-block on the south curb. They frequently access that location by crossing 41st Street mid-block with their suitcases and luggage from the terminal’s North Wing, creating a dangerous situation, which risks the safety of both pedestrians and customers.
The city’s pilot program went into effect February 7.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 212-435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. This includes John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.