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Port Authority May Build New Bus Terminal at Existing 8th Ave. Site

 The Port Authority bus terminal.
The Port Authority bus terminal.
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HELL'S KITCHEN — The Port Authority could end up building its new bus terminal at the site of its existing transit hub on Eighth Avenue, officials said.

The agency is currently studying the feasibility of a “build-in-place” option to replace the aging bus terminal, Port Authority’s chief of major capital projects Steve Plate said at a board meeting last week.

The results of the study will be revealed mid-summer, chairman John Degnan added at a press conference after the Thursday meeting.

“We’ll have an assessment by the end of July, by an outside consulting engineer, as to the feasibility of the build-in-place alternative,” Degnan said. “With a projection, we hope, of how long and how much it will cost.”

If the board decides the option is the “preferred alternative,” it will commission an environmental impact study that will likely take 18 months to two years, he noted.

The agency will “actively pursue stakeholder and community input to assess all options and planning work done,” Plate explained.

In September, the Port Authority agreed to “restart” its bus terminal replacement process amid fierce opposition from local and elected officials, who claimed the agency had moved forward without public input.

Residents feared swaths of Hell’s Kitchen could be razed to make way for the new terminal.

The agency has already committed $3.5 billion to the future terminal’s construction.