Five Finalists Revealed for New Port Authority Bus Terminal

Port Authority Bus TerminalProposed new Port Authority Bus Terminal by Hudson Terminal Center Collaborative.

In October of 2015, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) approved a multi-billion-dollar redevelopment plan to build a new Port Authority Bus Terminal, located on the site of the existing one between West 40th and 42nd streets along Eighth Avenue. The design competition has since narrowed down to five finalists, Crain’s reported.

Port Authority Bus Terminal

Proposed new Port Authority Bus Terminal by Arcadis of New York Inc.

The first is a $4.2 billion design by Arcadis of New York Inc., featuring 190,000 square feet of retail on the ground and second floors.

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Proposed new Port Authority Bus Terminal by Archilier Architecture Consortium.

The second proposal, estimated to cost $7 billion, is from Archilier Architecture Consortium, which would sport 400,000 square feet of retail space, a 33,000-square-foot plaza, and a 9.8-acre rooftop park.

Port Authority Bus Terminal

Proposed new Port Authority Bus Terminal by Hudson Terminal Center Collaborative.

The third proposal, estimated to cost $15.3 billion, is by Hudson Terminal Center Collaborative. It would be built entirely underground, which allows for a plaza to be built in addition to significant commercial development directly on-site.

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Proposed new Port Authority Bus Terminal by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

The fourth design, pinned at $3.7 billion, is the proposal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

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Proposed new Port Authority Bus Terminal by Perkins Eastman.

The fifth and final proposal, estimated to cost $5.4 billion, is by Perkins Eastman. It would incorporate the bus terminal into the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which is located four blocks west (and a little south) of the existing terminal.

All of the proposals allow for significant mixed-use development to occur on the surrounding blocks, largely due to air-rights transfers, and include many other infrastructure improvements throughout the area.

Port Authority Bus Terminal

Port Authority Bus Terminal, photo via Wikipedia Commons

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11 Comments on "Five Finalists Revealed for New Port Authority Bus Terminal"

  1. I love New York City (in my heart), return to the great destination under movement of progress.

  2. Michael Hamberger | September 23, 2016 at 9:18 am |

    Forget the one on the River. It is way to far from major transportation hubs. Trading proximity to 14 subway lines to just the far end of the 7 Train at Hudson Yards – and I guaranty poor planning will put the main entrances at the northern end of the terminal at its furthest point from the subway. On top of all that, it will be a mess rerouting all of the ramps from the Lincoln Tunnel to the west. Pretty picture is all it is – not for someone commuting in from New Jersey every day.

  3. (1) I also have reservations about moving the location, for the same reasons. The convention center is further from the center of the City, the subway lines, and the tunnel entrance.

    (2) Whatever design is chosen will need to emphasize open-air movement. The air quality in the current building is absolutely terrible. Try getting off a bus at 9:30 am and taking a breath.

    (3) There needs to be increased capacity for more buses. They need to consider how many buses will be needed in 2025, 2035, etc.

    (4) Directions need to be much better to help people figure out which buses are leaving when, to where, from what terminals.

  4. Richard Grayson | September 23, 2016 at 10:02 am |

    We need the one with rooftop capabilities for flying buses.

  5. These designs are OUTRAGEOUS and will wipe out a good part of historic Hell’s Kitchen. This entire new bus terminal needs to be UNDERGROUND, if it is needed AT ALL, and should absolutely require 100% electric buses which are quiet as a whisper. Why the heck can’t the MTA just build on top of the old terminal and renovate? It’s the MTA Cartel wasting, squandering taxpayers’ money which is their custom and privilege because THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY required by anybody.

  6. Also:
    (5) There should be new tunnels going from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Secaucus (Route 3, I-95) or even Jersey City (Route 9). The current scheme of having Bergen County buses bottlenecked daily in Secaucus to get onto Route 495 so they can drive through Union City and Weehawken (without picking anyone up there), is not optimal. At the least, something needs to be done to alleviate the daily bus backup where I-95 connects with Route 495 — this is a worse jam than the Lincoln Tunnel itself!

  7. Close the tunnels. Close the bus terminal. Build a wall.
    Keep out thse Jersey criminals and rapists
    who come to New York to take our jobs!

  8. I got a better idea: Let’s invade another Middle East country and send a trillion dollars downrange. Either was we’ll waste our legacy forever and ever.

    We need to to extend the subways to the City borders everywhere, and into Staten Island. Let Chrystie pay for this White Elephant.

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