NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey TRANSIT bus passengers might be able to avoid the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson wants NJ TRANSIT to explore picking up passengers on the streets of Manhattan and bypassing the congested terminal.

“We start the bus service on the east side of Manhattan at 42nd Street and you make some series of stops. Rather than having all these people go to the cramped Port Authority, you pick them along the way then you get right onto the tunnel rather than having everybody charge to this terminal that’s functionally obsolescent,” Simpson told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.

NJ TRANSIT official Stan Roble said they have looked at the idea of bypassing the Port Authority Bus Terminal, but said they’re restricted by Manhattan’s traffic patterns.

Simpson asked board members to consider a pilot program, which they said they would.

NJ TRANSIT pays $1.78 million a year to use the Port Authority and George Washington bridge bus terminals.

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