Date: Aug 22, 2014
Press Release Number: 174-2014
Port Authority has installed a temporary trailer adjacent to the GWBBS to allow bus station services to continue during construction
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will close the George Washington Bridge Bus Station (GWBBS) Monday, August 25 for approximately one year as work proceeds to modernize and fully redevelop the vital transportation facility. Throughout the construction process, bus service will continue to operate without interruption from the top level of the building; however, changes will be made to the location of bus loading and unloading platforms in order to allow work to proceed.
A temporary trailer has been installed adjacent to the GWBBS on Fort Washington Avenue and 179th Street to serve as an interim location for bus station services until the new building is completed. It will provide passengers with a climate-controlled passenger waiting area, public restrooms, ticketing and information services.
Starting Monday, access to the interior of the bus station will close. The passageway to the 175th Street subway station will also close that day, starting at 1 a.m. To access the subway station, commuters are advised to use the stairs on 177th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.
Jitney, long haul, and local buses will operate along the perimeter of the top level of the bus station. Departing passengers will access their bus platform via a temporary staircase on Fort Washington Avenue and 179th Street. Arriving passengers will exit their bus platform via an existing staircase to 178th Street. Customers can enter the Subway at 177th. Pickup for disabled passengers will remain on Fort Washington Avenue.
In June 2011, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a $183.2 million renovation plan for the George Washington Bridge Bus Station. This project is expected to result in 324 direct jobs and direct payroll wages of $19 million. It will generate $31.7 million in total regional economic activity.
The new bus station will feature an array of first-class national and local retailers, new bus loading/unloading areas, passenger amenities and new ADA-compliant escalators and elevators from the subway and street to the bus station level.
The facility also will have new technology, improved signage and lighting, as well as new electronic communications that will provide passengers with improved arrival and departure information at key decision points throughout the building.
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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 construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which 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.