NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Commuters from Bergen County and other parts of North Jersey can look forward to a more dignified commute into the city in the future.
As CBS2’s Sonia Rincon reported, complaints about the Port Authority bus terminal have gone on for years.
“Service is lousy,” one commuter said.
“My bus is always late,” another added.
The time has finally come. After reaching an agreement on a plan to replace the busy terminal, the Port Authority is looking for ideas.
Officials are asking the public to weigh in on designs for the new terminal to be constructed in New York City. The agency is holding a competition, and firms are thinking big.
Five different concepts for the new terminal have been revealed.
Here’s a breakdown of the finalists:
Arcadis of New York: This design features a pedestrian plaza elevated over Dyer Avenue, which will allow for a car-free entrance to the new terminal, along with walkway connections to the new 7 train subway station at Hudson Yards.
Archilier Architecture Consortium: This design allows for up to 365,000 passengers to be accommodated with bi-level gates though the proposed four-floor complex, along with a proposed a 9.8-acre rooftop park and community space.
Hudson Terminal Center Collaborative: This design takes the terminal underground, with a sprawling facility underneath the streets of Midtown.
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects: This new design shifts the bus terminal to 9th Avenue between 38th and 40th Streets, to allow for easier travel for New Jersey commuters through the Lincoln Tunnel.
Perkins Eastman: Perkin Eastman’s “Convergence” project aims to link the new Port Authority terminal with the Jacob Javits Center and waterfront properties, creating a new community space along Midtown’s West Side.
The public can also submit comments or suggestions for the project.
Officials reached an agreement to replace the 66-year-old structure earlier this week.
The new terminal will provide one-seat service for 110,000 weekday commuters.
The design competition expected to be judged by a group of industry professionals.