Port Authority Bus Terminal Gets $90M for First Overhaul in Decades

By Mathew Katz on July 11, 2014 11:59am | Updated on July 14, 2014 8:53am

 The Port Authority Bus Terminal will get $90 million in improvements.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal will get $90 million in improvements.
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MIDTOWN — The Port Authority Bus Terminal is getting a $90 million facelift, after years of commuter complaints about leaks, exposed wiring, crumbling ceilings and poor air conditioning.

The cash — which is coming from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's $27.6 billion, 10-year capital budget — will bring major upgrades to the bus station for the first time since 1979, officials said.

An agency spokesman said the specific improvement projects have not been finalized and are subject to approval by the agency's board. 

In April, locals called on the Port Authority to upgrade the terminal. Many wanted the agency to build a proposed $400 million bus annex connected to the Lincoln Tunnel that would provide space for 100 buses to park, as a way of speeding up trips while also reducing traffic.

About 8,500 buses each day carry people between New York and New Jersey, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, which advocates for bus transit funding.

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