The time has lastly come – New York is changing the Port Authority Bus Terminal

One day we won’t have to fear going to the port authority’s bus station any more.

In his State of the State address on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State would replace the spooky bus station with a new, state-of-the-art facility as part of a $ 51 billion plan to redevelop Midtown West.

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The governor’s office did not respond to a request for further details on Friday, but the governor said the port authority’s new bus station would do so Reduce congestion on the city streets, improve air quality, and transform local transportation to and from the West Side of Manhattan.

“”We will completely refurbish the terminal, create space for commercial development, dramatically improve the commuting experience, remove bus traffic and pollution from the surrounding community, “Cuomo said on Thursday.

The update of the bus terminal has been on the table for several years – the state approved in 2015 The project had plans to build a brand new terminal and a budget of $ 29.5 billion in 2017.

In 2019 the Port Authority published three possible options, including Remodeling the terminal while buses were using the existing terminal, using the lower level of the Javits Center, or just renovating the existing terminal rather than building it from scratch, according to

Cuomo’s office eventually released a single illustration of what the new bus station will look like when it’s finished:

Photo: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The glassy, ​​clean, and open looking building has gotten a lot better than the “eyesore” Cuomo now says. New Yorkers have dubbed the current facility the “Ring of Hell,” “Haunted House,” “Infected Anus of the City,” and other derogatory names because of its low ceilings, broken windows, and beige maze atmosphere. Even John Oliver said it “The worst place on planet earth.”

For a special experience of post-apocalyptic hell, spend an hour or two at the NYC Port Authority bus station. It’s basically the NYC version of a wet market

– 6 times Yanno ???????????????????????? (@erm_yanno) January 14, 2021

You can hear more about how awful it is on a 2014 WNYC broadcast.

In addition to rebuilding the bus terminal, Cuomo plans to focus on improving the area by extending the High Line to Moynihan Train Hall, reconstructing the existing Penn Station and adding track capacity, adding 1,400 affordable housing units to the area and converting Pier 76 from one The NYPD car hauls pounds to a 3.5-acre extension of Hudson River Park and completes the Javits Center extension.

Part of that plan was the opening of the new $ 1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station on January 1st.

You can read about these projects and more here in Cuomo’s address map.

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