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Port Authority Bus Terminal


Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


Eighth Ave., bet. W40 and W42. 




International Style II  








The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the main gateway for interstate buses into Manhattan in New York City. The bus terminal is a large building located in Midtown, one block west from the Times Square neighborhood between 8th and 9th Avenues and 40th and 42nd Street. Direct underground passageways connect the terminal with the New York Subway lines A-C-E-N-R-S-1-2-3-7 and 9. The terminal serves 7,200 buses and about 200,000 people on an average weekday. Over 5 Billion people have been served since it inception in 1950. The terminal was a solution for a hectic array of various terminals spread throughout Midtown Manhattan. The goal was to centralize the flow of buses and create a user friendly building. The Port Authority Bus Terminal was opened on December 15, 1950 for passengers. The building has seen expansions and revitalizations over the years. The terminal has a rough reputation due to its relative openness which allows various street people to enter. Petty crime and abnormal scenes are common in the building. The Port Authority continues to strive to make the building state of the art and a pleasant place for all who pass through.
Opened            December 15, 1950
Bus Movements 2,200,000
Passenger Trips 57,000,000
Typical Weekday
          Buses   7,200
          Passengers 188,000
Original cost of construction 24 million
PA Investment as of
December 31, 2003
Passengers since 1950 Over 3 billion
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