Port Authority appoints two firms to lead architectural design of multi-billion dollar NYC bus terminal replacement
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it had chosen an architectural joint venture to help develop the agency’s vision for a reimagined, state-of-the-art Midtown Bus Station.
International firm Foster + Partners and U.S.-based multidisciplinary design firm A. Epstein and Sons International Inc. will provide architectural design services for the replacement project now and throughout the design and construction phase. environmental review of the proposed project.
The new terminal will be large enough to accommodate the expected growth in bus ridership through 2050. The building will aim to meet sustainability measures, such as LEED certification. There will also be local retail businesses that will benefit both commuters and the surrounding community.
Additionally, the Port Authority’s plan includes the construction of a separate storage and staging facility that would move commuter buses from street-level lots and also accommodate intercity buses.
An enclosed ramp structure connecting the Lincoln Tunnel to the bus station will be covered with a deck and transformed into approximately 3.5 acres of public green space.
In addition to the bus terminal complex, the proposal also calls for up to four high-rise towers: one on Eighth Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets; one on Ninth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets; one on 11th Avenue between 39th and 40th streets; and one on 10th Avenue between 39th and 40th streets.
“As we make crucial improvements to roads, bridges and tunnels in our most crucial transportation corridors, we must ensure that we not only improve the functionality and efficiency of our infrastructure, but also the experiences of our commuters” , said New Jersey Governor Phil. Murphy said in a statement.
The agency plans to open the new facility by 2031.