The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is planning to expand its Manhattan bus terminal.
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey officials said Thursday they released a preliminary environmental “scoping document” for the terminal, which will evaluate three alternative plans to build a new one.
“The advancement of a new Port Authority Bus Terminal that meets the needs of our commuters has been a top priority of mine since day one of this Administration,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “And now, after a long process fraught with uncertainty, we can finally begin the work to expand bus capacity for New Jersey commuters, to make their commutes less stressful, and to provide them with a facility that shows their value to our regional economy.
“Today’s release means that we can begin real stakeholder engagement – hearing from commuters and advocates, from elected officials, and from our partners in labor. I applaud Sen. Weinberg, who has for many years fought to make today a reality, as well as the Port Authority leadership, for making New Jersey’s bus commuters a priority.”
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District, and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-37th District, welcomed the release of the bus terminal scoping document as a vital step in upgrading and expanding the facility to accommodate an additional 30,000 New Jersey commuters.
“While no decision has been made on a final plan, today’s announcement puts us on track to add two new floors to the existing Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is the build-in-place option preferred by both New York and New Jersey leaders,” Weinberg said in a statement. “With new rail capacity from the Gateway tunnel at least 15 years away, expansion of the bus terminal is critical to expanding trans-Hudson capacity and ensuring that New Jersey commuters share in Manhattan’s projected job growth.”
“Today’s announcement is a tribute to the vision, leadership and perseverance of Senator Weinberg,” Sweeney said in a statement. “Three years ago, expansion of the Port Authority Bus Terminal wasn’t even in the 10-year Capital Plan; it was a project that would have been done in the 2030s, if then. If it were up to me, I would name the new bus terminal after her.”