Commuters Say New Configuration Will Take Plenty Of Getting Used To

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Commuters who ride buses to and from the George Washington Bridge Bus Station will need to make some adjustments.

The station closed for renovations Monday. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the building will stay closed for about a year.

Buses will continue to operate, though loading and unloading platforms will be moved.

Steps are the only way to access the buses, which are arriving and departing from the top level of the building, during construction, something Tenafly, N.J. resident Andrea Hyer found out with her son, who was getting ready to start school.

“I’m trying to show him the way, but I can’t because it’s all different now,” Hyer said.

“I don’t know what people who can’t do steps are gonna do. There’s a lot of people,” added Tamma Dejesus of Bergenfield, N.J.

The Port Authority said the elderly and disabled can get picked up on Fort Washington Avenue, CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes reported.

Many commuters Monday morning were confused about where to go for buses.

“I don’t know where to go exactly,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “I don’t know where anything is, I don’t know how it’s going to work.”

“We’re going to all be thrown on one long line,” another woman said. “That’s going to be really chaos.”

“It’s mildly confusing, but not too bad that you can’t navigate it,” added Hackensack resident Omari Palmer.

A temporary trailer has been installed adjacent to the station on Fort Washington Avenue at 179th Street where ticket sales, restrooms and a waiting area will be available.

The closure is part of a $183 million renovation project.

“I think it’s about time. It freshens up the area,” Palmer said.

The new station will include a modern, fully enclosed passenger pavilion and reconfigured bus concourse, according to the Port Authority.

The pavilion will house a large waiting area, state-of-the art information systems and restrooms. It will offer a direct view of the George Washington Bridge on one side.

The Port Authority said the construction will result in more than 320 direct jobs.

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