PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release: December 10, 2009
Contact: Veronica Vanterpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Phone: (212) 268-7474

TSTC Statement in Response to the Port Authority’s 2010 Budget and Revised 10 Year Capital Plan 

Today, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced that its 10-year capital plan has shrunk by $5 billion. The program delivers bad news for the dozens of Manhattan communities seeking relief from the onslaught of private, interstate buses in their neighborhoods.  The construction of the much anticipated West Side bus garage, which would provide indoor parking for hundreds of NJTRANSIT and private buses, has been postponed until at least 2016, according to PANYNJ budget documents. Buses benefit our economy and environment by reducing congestion and pollution and by providing transit options. But without the bus garage, buses will continue to park on city streets and frustrate communities from lower to upper Manhattan.

The revised plan delivers some good news, too.  First, funding for the ARC passenger rail tunnel is maintained. When complete, this project will double rail capacity across the Hudson River. Second, the budget states there will be no service cuts or fare increases on the PATH system. Third, the PANYNJ still plans to move ahead with modest improvements to the Port Authority Bus Terminal which will add additional bus gates and increase bus parking capacity.  This project will allow the PANYNJ to continue plans to improve bus service through the Lincoln Tunnel, benefiting the nearly 200,000 riders who travel through the tunnel every day. 

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Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working towards a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.