Port Authority hires architects to design new downtown bus terminal

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have hired two famous architects to lead the design of a new bus terminal in midtown Manhattan to replace the existing one, which is the largest in the country and the busiest in the world.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Officials announced on August 4 that two companies, A. Epstein and Sons International Inc. and Foster + Partners, will work as a team on the complex project of building an ambitious new terminal in the heart of New York City while navigating a myriad of physical challenges. Gifts.

The effort, which will cost between $7.5 billion and $10 billion, is currently under federal review. Officials aim to set the opening date in 2031.

The companies are tasked with reimagining and replacing the 72-year-old bus station with a world-class facility to meet the region’s public transportation needs in the 21st century. The companies will immediately provide architectural design services and assist with the environmental audit.

In addition, their teams will review, evaluate, recommend and provide advisory services on urban, street, functional, community impact, spatial design and strategies, materials, systems, sustainability, and interior design.

“The Port Authority’s announcement of an architectural advisory team to guide the replacement of the Midtown bus station is in response to the citizens of New Jersey and New York who are demanding better equity,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “Together with our regional partners, we are answering this call to ensure the millions of Americans who use our public transit system ultimately get the service they deserve.”

“As we continue to rebuild from the pandemic, it is imperative that we establish advanced transportation hubs to get passengers to their destinations safely and efficiently,” New York Governor Cathy Hochhol said. “I thank my partners at Port Authority and New Jersey for working together to take this project one step closer to the finish line.”

New and improved

Some of the features of the alternative project include a five-story modern bus terminal, approximately one million square feet of bus storage, abundant electric bus charging stations, and an enclosed ramp connecting Lincoln Tunnel to the bus terminal that will be rooftop and converted into approximately 3.5 acres of public green space. new.

“We are delighted to be appointed to the project, as we continue to develop and maintain a unified vision for Midtown Bus Terminal in Manhattan,” said Juan Vieira Pardo, Partner at Foster + Partners. “Already the busiest bus stop in the world, the project also has the potential to become the most sought-after destination in Midtown.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to align our vision with that of the Port Authority to bring the future of transportation and mobility to this vital hub for the entire region,” said Paul Sanderson, director of Epstein’s New York office.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority says the new terminal will be built with a focus on the future with a world-class traffic management system; Capacity to accommodate autonomous electric buses and larger articulated buses; In addition to sensor-based monitoring systems to quickly identify and resolve problems with buses. The building will include measures of sustainability and resiliency, from LEED certification and clean building to on-site renewable energy, dedicated zonal ventilation, and heat recovery reuse technology.

Far from all the bells and whistles, the ad offers some telling light at the end of the tunnel for commuters who endure the aging and dilapidated bus station on a daily basis.

“Today’s news shows real momentum for a project whose time has come,” said Port Authority President Kevin O’Toole.

“As we make significant upgrades to roads, bridges and tunnels within our most critical transportation corridors, we must ensure that not only the functionality and efficiency of our infrastructure, but the passenger experiences, are improved,” Murphy said.

And while the process of environmental review and permit issuance continues, officials hope to begin construction sometime next year.

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