New Jersey Lawmakers Push for New Port Authority Bus Terminal

New Jersey lawmakers are set to push for quicker replacement of the Times Square bus terminal operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The world’s busiest bus depot, a key hub for New Jersey commuters to Manhattan, has been operating over capacity for almost 50 years. The authority, which owns and oversees transportation infrastructure, is pouring $90 million into easing crowded commutes. But its 10-year capital plan doesn’t include a replacement of the warren-like station.

“The bus terminal is of the utmost urgency to the people of New Jersey and indeed, the region,” said Loretta Weinberg, a Democrat from Teaneck who is the Senate majority leader. “What alternatives are the Port Authority is looking at, in terms of scheduling and money?”

Weinberg is co-chairwoman of New Jersey’s legislative oversight committee, which will hear testimony Sept. 10 on the capital plan and on laws proposed to overhaul the troubled agency. Deliberate traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge two years ago revealed a plot by aides and allies of Republican Governor Chris Christie to embarrass a mayor who failed to endorse him.

A telephone message left at the Port Authority press office wasn’t immediately returned.

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