Federal Transit Administration Announces Important Step for Port Authority Bus Terminal Replacement Project
Draft Environmental Impact Statement Open for Public Comment
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today is announcing the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s proposed Bus Terminal in New York City.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement, an important step in an applicant’s process to potentially receive federal funding, allows government agencies and the general public to review the proposed project and provide comments. The review period also includes the opportunity for a public hearing to be held on the project.
"Every year, millions of people travel to and from our nation's largest city by bus," said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. "Public involvement and input are critical to any project, and for the Port Authority Terminal it is especially important to ensure a thorough analysis of all aspects of a major rebuild. The FTA welcomes public involvement in this process and is committed to a thorough evaluation of the Port Authority Bus Terminal Replacement project."
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has proposed to replace the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan with a new main terminal, storage and staging facility, and bus ramps. The Port Authority design includes building two decks over the below-grade portions of Dyer Avenue and the Lincoln Tunnel Expressway, which, after construction, would be converted to publicly accessible open space.
The Port Authority renovations would expand levels of bus maintenance, storage, and operations. In addition, this project would provide amenities to revitalize one of New York City's busiest transit facilities, which originally opened for service in 1950. Project organizers plan to keep bus service running during the construction process.
The DEIS was prepared in accordance with applicable federal environmental laws, regulations, and executive orders, including but not limited to the National Environmental Policy Act (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] § 4321 et seq.) (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500 through 1508), and 23 U.S.C. § 139.
The DEIS is available for public comment until March 18, 2024.