Date: May 08, 2001
Press Release Number: 72-2001
A new bus service will be launched on Wednesday, May 9, to shuttle travelers from the George Washington Bridge Bus Station in Upper Manhattan to Atlantic City’s casinos and world-famous Boardwalk.
A ceremony at noon on May 9 in the bus station’s main concourse will mark the start of service, to be operated by Coach USA. The first bus for the general public will depart at 4 p.m. for Atlantic City.
After the opening day, Coach USA will provide nine scheduled trips on weekdays and 12 scheduled trips on Fridays through Sundays from the bus station to Atlantic City. The first bus will leave the station at 8 a.m. daily. The last trip leaves at 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, midnight on Fridays and 1 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The round-trip introductory fare is $19.95. Round-trip tickets can be purchased on the main concourse of the bus station at the Red & Tan Lines/Coach USA ticket window. For further information, call Coach USA at 800 877-1888.
“This new service is part of a major renaissance that is under way at the bus station,” said Ken Philmus, the Port Authority’s Director of Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals. “The bus station in Washington Heights recently underwent a $7 million rehabilitation to enhance the services and amenities there, and another $7 million is being invested over the next two years.”
Improvements to the bus station include new ceilings and lights, modernization of the rest rooms, new seating throughout the station, new bus platform enclosures and stores. This year, improvements will include new signs, lighting and interior treatments to improve the passenger environment, the reactivation of bus platforms on the upper bus level and the rehabilitation of staircases and entrance foyers.
“We believe the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and Coach USA service to Atlantic City have great potential, particularly in view of the great selection of boardwalk casinos we are serving, they include Bally’s, Caesars, Tropicana, Trump Plaza, Resorts, Sands, the Hilton and the Taj Mahal,” said Tom Vitale, Northeast Regional Vice President for Coach USA.
Once in Atlantic City, the bus ticket is good for 96 hours, giving bus passengers the option to return on any one of the scheduled Coach USA buses to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.
The George Washington Bridge Bus Station, between 178th and 179th Streets, handles more than 14,000 passengers each day. Since significant improvements began in 1998, annual bus passenger ridership has increased from 4.4 million to 5.6 million passengers. Buses are available to a variety of locations in New York and New Jersey, including Rockland and Orange counties in New York, and Paterson, Passaic, Englewood, Fort Lee, and Jersey City in New Jersey, as well as Atlantic City.
NJ Transit, Rockland Coaches/Coach USA, Shortline/Coach USA, Vanessa Express, and Spanish Transportation serve the bus station. Service also is available through Airport Service Corp. to and from Newark International, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports, and Astro-Eastern provides bus service to Florida.