The Port Authority has cancelled several alternatives, including the construction of a new terminal under the old, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center or New Jersey.
Thomas K. Wright, CEO of the Regional Plan Association, an influential planning organization, said: “Their plan is much better than the original plan.”
Mr. Wright said that the replacement of the terminal is necessary, no matter how much it costs, because it plays an indispensable role in the city’s daily commute. According to data from the Port Authority, in a typical working day before the pandemic, more than 250,000 people passed through the port. Since March, the traffic has dropped by more than 65%.
The bus terminal is a huge brick building located at the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel. It has long exceeded its traffic capacity. When it opened at the end of 1950, it was expected to receive 60,000 passengers a day. Although the station was restored in the early 1980s, it cannot accommodate most weekday commuters from New Jersey.
The Port Authority hopes that the new terminal will be able to handle 1,000 buses during peak hours, and today the number is about 850. According to the plan, it will also be designed to provide charging equipment for electric buses.
Buses may not be as romantic as trains, but other major cities have also invested in their bus systems to reduce pollution from traffic and cars. University of California professor Joseph P. Schwieterman said that in the past ten years, more than a dozen US cities, including San Francisco, Denver, and Raleigh, North Carolina, have begun construction of new bus stations or establishments. Established a multimodal transport hub, integrating bus and rail services. Public service of Chicago DePaul University.