About the Port Authority Bus Terminal Midtown Bus Master Plan

Port Authority Bus Terminal, 2013

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is among the busiest multimodal transit facilities in the region. It supports daily commuter service, affordable intercity travel, and local tourism, and is a vital component of the trans-Hudson regional transportation network. Approximately 230,000 weekday passengers use the facility, allowing commuters and long-distance travelers to connect with the region and New York City. The high demand for bus service into and out of New York City necessitates a transportation system capable of accommodating the region’s growing population. Afternoon peak hour passenger demand at the terminal is projected to increase by 35-51 percent through 2040. Ensuring that the PABT can continue to serve its ridership in the coming decades will help support the continued growth of the regional and national economy by providing access to jobs, connecting people to destinations around the region, and offering an equitable transportation option.

Today, however, the bus terminal operates beyond its carrying capacity. Passenger queues for many of the bus platforms extend down stairs and into passenger concourses. There is limited ability for buses to recover from service disruptions, which results in frequent delays. Additionally, the structural slabs supporting bus operations are deteriorating and will not be usable after 15-25 years. Rehabilitating the bus terminal’s aging infrastructure would require major structural modifications to meet code and accessibility requirements, and it would not be practical to keep the facility operational during a phased rehabilitation.

The current phase of the Port Authority’s Midtown Bus Master Planning effort is developing options for the development of new bus terminal, staging, and ramps facilities to meet the region’s future needs. These new facilities will increase capacity, reduce service delays and schedule disruptions, improve pedestrian circulation including ADA accessibility, and reduce neighborhood impacts. In addition, the plan will aim to address deficiencies that contribute to service reliability problems and traffic congestion, both of which occur on a near-daily basis. Overall, the plan will look to improve the reliability and efficiency of the trans-Hudson bus operations critical to sustaining the New York – New Jersey metropolitan region.

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