NEW YORK - After years of complaints, improvements are on the way for the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan.
Port Authority officials concede that the 64-year-old bus terminal is obsolete and doesn't meet the needs of the 65 million commuters a year, many from New Jersey, who pass through its doors on a daily basis.
On Wednesday, the agency approved $90 million in repairs and improvements. Passengers who don't mind the building itself say it still needs sprucing up. "It could be cleaned up a little bit," says one commuter from South Brunswick. "Otherwise, once you get to know the layout of the terminal, I think it's pretty convenient."
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Following a tour of the facility over the weekend, the new chairman of the Port Authority called the building's condition unacceptable.
The Port Authority says the improvements will include better Wi-Fi and cellphone service, new heating and air conditioning, and street-level boarding gates.
The changes are meant to be a temporary fix, since a new terminal is at least 10 years away. Three years ago, the Port Authority scrapped a plan to build one for $800 million.