FTA announces Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Bus Terminal Replacement Project

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On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced it would make a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Bus Terminal project available.

The DEIS relates to the Port Authority’s plan to replace its Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan with a new main terminal, storage and staging facility, and bus ramps. The design includes two decks over the below-grade portions of the Dyer Avenue and Lincoln Tunnel Expressway, which would be ultimately converted to public open space.

The DEIS is an important step in an applicant’s process to received federal funding and allows government agencies, as well as the public, to review the project and comment on it, officials said.

“Every year, millions of people travel to and from our nation’s largest city by bus,” FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez said. “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.”

FTA said the renovations would expand levels of bus maintenance, storage and operations, while providing amenities to revitalize one of New York City’s busiest transit facilities. The DEIS is available for public comment until March 18, 2024.