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PANY/NJ 10-Year Capital Plan shorts PABT

Jan 8, 2017

With the PANY/NJ announcing their $29-$32 Billion 10-Year Capital Improvement Plan that included only $3.5 Billion for the proposed “New” Bus Terminal, bus riders will again be at the short end of the stick, and with no new terminal.  $3.5 Billion is 1/3 of the estimated cost of a new, airport-quality, state of the art bus terminal that NYC commuters and Intercity Bus riders deserve.

Instead, money is being allocated for future underused projects like a NJ Path train extension to Newark Airport (Newark Airport is already served by NJ Transit trains from Penn Station/and an expensive Monorail system).  Although a subway connection to Laguardia is advisable in the long run, it is, again, not a priority for an aging airport. The bang for the buck is at the broke down midtown PABT where millions pass every day.  PA brass are only interested in the (in their eyes) upscale airport clientele.

Cuomo and Christie should see the priorities for what they are and insist on immediate new bus terminal plans. It seems that the new terminal is going to be decades away now. Unless maybe intercity carriers get together and build their own facility.

$29.5 Billion allocated spending envisioned

NY Times eyes $3.5 Billion as woeful

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Latest PABT development – Cuomo wants Inspector General

Dec. 23, 2016

New: Governor Andrew Cuomo wants an Inspector General appointed to oversee the Port Authority of NY/NJ which manages the bus terminal: his concern of widespread corruption, mismanagement and abuse.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and PANY/NJ John J. Degnan were in major disagreement during the latest high profile December meeting discussing the future of any New PABT or renovations of current one. The only thing agreed by both parties is the current terminal is deficient and in need of total overhaul. The next meeting is early January, 2017.

WSJ: Gov Cuomo wants overhaul and inspector general

NY Times report on PABT meeting

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