NEW YORK - The Port Authority Bus Terminal was built in 1950, then expanded in 1981. And now, it's time for an upgrade.
Plans have been in the works since 2013 and revised many times. The agency released what it calls its final scoping report on Thursday.
The design is based on anticipating what's to come in the future: infrastructure will be built for electric buses and a higher volume of traffic.
The exterior will look brighter, more open, and inviting. If the plan is approved and the funding is found, construction would begin in 2024.
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Then by 2028, a temporary facility will open about a block away from the current location of the Port Authority terminal.
Then a new terminal will be built atop the old one, with skyscrapers poking up, and is expected to be complete in 2031.
So, stay tuned.
EXCERPT FROM PORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCEMENT
The proposed project includes a replacement facility that will include bus storage and staging, open space/green space, and commercial, retail, and residential development. The initial phases addressing the staging and storage facilities, the main terminal and associated facilities are expected to be completed by 2032.
Funding for the bus terminal replacement project includes $3 billion in the current 2017-2026 Port Authority Capital Plan. Additional funding will be provided through future Port Authority capital programs, and other sources. The Port Authority is seeking federal funding from the FTA. Such funding requests triggers an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).