New York Port Authority Bus Terminal to get $90 million in upgrades

After years of complaints, improvements are on the way for the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan.

After years of complaints, improvements are on the

After years of complaints, improvements are on the way for the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

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Port Authority officials concede that the 64-year-old bus terminal is obsolete and doesn't meet the needs of the 65 million commuters a year, many from New Jersey, who pass through its doors on a daily basis.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."

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.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Collection agencies working for the IRS may call 1 Consumer Alert: IRS collections
One of the tickets was sold at the 2 Winning lottery tickets sold in New Jersey
A new United Way ALICE report has found 3 Report: 37% of NJ households can’t afford basic needs
Hundreds gathered at a rally in Newark Sunday 4 Hundreds rally to save Affordable Care Act
On Saturday, officials of the company that owns 5 Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus to close after 146-year run

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE