A plan may finally be in the works to replace the decrepit Port Authority Bus Terminal with a new transit hub — now officials just need to decide what that plan is.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Thursday that it’s beginning an environmental review process of options to replace the crumbling PABT in Times Square, the busiest bus terminal in the nation.
There are three options in play, with rebuilding the terminal where it stands at West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue the leading contender, Port Authority officials have said.
But honchos are also considering shunting some or all of the terminal’s bus traffic a few blocks south to the sprawling Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, near the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, according to Politico.
One of those plans would convert the entirety of the convention hall’s lower level into an underground bus terminal, reported Politico.
The third scenario would split the difference, running longer-haul buses out of the Javits Center, while renovating — rather than totally rebuilding — the PABT and using it mostly or entirely for trips to and from New Jersey, the report said.
The terminal handles more than 250,000 trips every weekday, but has been plagued in recent years by busted air conditioners, sieve-like ceilings and increasingly filthy conditions.
The Port Authority has long fielded calls to rebuild or at least overhaul the 1950s-era PABT, but talks have been marked by squabbling between the two halves of the bi-state agency.
“We are committed to building the replacement bus terminal and to do so in full consultation with the community, with elected officials in both New York and New Jersey, and with all stakeholders,” said Port Authority Executive Director Richard Cotton in a statement Thursday.
Public hearings about the project — which, according to Politico, is expected to cost billions of dollars and take until 2030 — will be held in July and September.
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