George Washington Bridge Bus Station

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Coordinates: 40°50′56″N 73°56′18″W / 40.84889°N 73.93833°W / 40.84889; -73.93833

George Washington Bridge Bus Station
George Washington Bridge Bus Station from West 179th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.jpg
view of the station from the northwest (2013)
Station statistics
Address between Ft. Washington & Wadsworth Aves, and W. 178th & 179th Sts.
Manhattan, New York City
United States
Connections New York City Subway:
175th Street and 181st Street (NYCS A train)
181st Street (NYCS 1 train)
Platforms Lower Level: 1-7
Upper Level: 20-24
Other information
Opened January 17, 1963
Architect Pier Luigi Nervi
Owned by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Operator Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Website GWBBS
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 4.7 million

George Washington Bridge Bus Station is a commuter bus terminal located at the east end of the George Washington Bridge in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan in New York City, New York. The bus station is owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. On a typical weekday, approximately 17,000 passengers on about 950 buses use the station.[1]

In June 2011, the agency announced plans for a major renovation and modernization of the terminal that would cost more than $180 million in public and private funds. It would expand retail space from 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) to 120,000 square feet (11,000 m2).[2] Construction work, which was repeatedly delayed, finally started in late 2013 and is planned to be completed by early 2015.[3][4][5]

Architecture[edit]

The station is built over the Trans-Manhattan Expressway (Interstate 95) between 178th and 179th Streets and Fort Washington and Wadsworth Avenues, and features direct bus ramps on and off the upper level of the bridge.

The building was designed by noted Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi and is one of only a few buildings he designed outside of Italy.[6] It opened January 13, 1963 as a replacement for a series of sidewalk bus loading areas that existed between 166th and 167th streets further south.[7] The building is constructed of huge steel-reinforced concrete trusses, fourteen of which are cantilevered from supports in the median of the Trans-Manhattan Expressway, which it straddles. The building contains murals as well as busts of George Washington and Othmar Amman, the civil engineer who designed the bridge. The building received the 1963 Concrete Industry Board’s Award.[8]

The first floor of the bus terminal has space for shops (all currently vacant as of December 2013) and a passenger waiting area.

A renovation project is currently underway in the terminal, begun in late 2013. The project is expected to cost $183 million. The project is a partnership between the Port Authority and a private company known as GWBBS Development Venture, LLC.[9] Tutor Perini received a $100 million construction contract in August 2013. Construction began at the end of 2013; the project is scheduled to be completed by early 2015.[5] The renovated building will be improved with better access to local subways, displays of bus departure and arrival times, and central air conditioning. It will increase retail space from 30,000 to 120,000 square feet (2,800 to 11,100 m2) with large tenants like Marshalls, Key Food, and Blink Fitness. It will be fully ADA compliant for accessibility by those with disabilities.[3][4][10]

Accessibility[edit]

Some portions of the terminal are wheelchair accessible, but many of the bus platforms are not. In addition, the New York City M4 bus provides wheelchair accessible service to Fort Tryon Park, continuing inside the park to the Cloisters Museum when open.

New York City Subway[edit]

The complex includes the 175th Street station of the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at Fort Washington Avenue and 175th Street. The subway station, operated by the New York City Transit Authority, was part of the original IND line which opened in 1932.

The bus station is also within walking distance of the 181st Street IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line station.

Bus service[edit]

As of 2013, the bus lines detailed below serve the terminal for the New York City Transit Authority, New Jersey Transit, and Coach USA (Rockland Coaches and Short Line).[11] Service is also provided by Spanish Transportation with its Express Service jitneys.[12]

The station seen from the western approach in 2006
Aerial view of station and I-95

MTA New York City Transit[edit]

New Jersey Transit[edit]

Route Terminal via notes
171
Paterson Broadway Bus Terminal GWB Plaza
Route 4
175
Ridgewood Bus Terminal GWB Plaza
New Jersey Route 4
Hackensack, Paramus, Rochelle Park
some trips do not stop at
Garden State Plaza
or
Bergen Community College
178
Hackensack Bus Terminal GWB Plaza, New Jersey Route 4
Grand Avenue, Teaneck Armory, Englewood Avenue
express variation of 182
limited Sunday service
181
Bergenline Ave. Station GWB Plaza, Palisade Avenue, Bergenline Avenue
182
Hackensack Bus Terminal GWB Plaza, Fort Lee Road, DeGraw Avenue local variation of 178
186
Dumont GWB Plaza, Sylvan Avenue, Palisades Avenue, Teaneck Road
188
West New York GWB Plaza, Edgewater
60 Street at Kennedy Boulevard

Coach USA[edit]

Rockland Coaches[edit]

For purposes of service hours, the following terms are used:

  • Peak: Service operates weekdays in the peak direction (to Manhattan between 4:30 AM and 9 AM, from Manhattan between 3 PM and 7:30 PM).
  • Reverse peak: Service operates during peak hours against the peak direction.
  • Shoulder: Service operates in the peak direction (to Manhattan AM, from Manhattan PM) 1–2 hours before or after the peak period.
  • Midday: Bi-directional service to and from Manhattan off-peak, including the shoulder period.
  • Evening: Service operates after the PM rush (bi-directional unless noted).
  • Saturday: Route operates on Saturday.
  • Sunday: Route operates on Sunday.


Route Service Terminals via
9A & 9W
  • Peak
  • Reverse peak
  • Midday
  • Evening
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
New City (9A and 9W)
(full-time)
Central Nyack (9W) or Stony Point (9)
(peak service only)
Sylvan Avenue, Oak Tree Road, Piermont Avenue/River Road, Broadway, Nyack Turnpike (Central Nyack trips only) Lake Road, Main Street, Route 9W (Stony Point trips only)
11C
  • Peak
  • Reverse peak
  • Midday
  • Evening
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Stony Point or Spring Valley Queen Anne Road, New Bridge Road, Boulevard, Kinderkamack Road, Middletown Road, Route 59 (to Spring Valley), Route 303, Main Street, and Route 9W (to Stony Point)
14K
  • Peak
  • Reverse peak
Harrington Park, Westwood, or Montvale Grand Avenue (some trips), Engle Street/Dean Street, Knickerbocker Road, Blanch Avenue, Rivervale Road (to Montvale), Piermont Avenue (to Westwood)
20
  • Peak
  • Reverse peak
  • Midday
  • Evening
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Palisades Center County Route 501, Tappan Road, Western Highway, Convent Road, Gilbert Avenue, Middletown Road, Route 59
25
  • Peak
New Milford Route 4, Teaneck Road, New Bridge Road, Prospect Avenue, Madison Avenue, Boulevard, River Road
84
  • Peak
  • Reverse peak
  • Midday
  • Evening
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Tenafly County Route 501, Livingston Street (to Northvale), Rivervale Road, Piermont Avenue (to Westwood)


Short Line[edit]

Weekday service only.

Route Service Terminals Serving Notes
208
PM peak Montgomery, NY
Route 211 and Clinton Street
Washingtonville, Monroe, Central Valley, Ridgewood, NJ
AM peak East Side, Manhattan
23rd Street and 2nd Avenue
Manhattan neighborhoods:
Washington Heights, Harlem, East Harlem, Yorkville, Upper East Side, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Kips Bay.
  • Route owned by the New York State DOT.
  • Does not serve Port Authority Bus Terminal.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Vanterpool, Veronica (July 6, 2011). "New Life For GW Bridge Bus Station Overhaul". Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Port Authority Prepares for Major Overhaul of George Washington Bridge Bus Station" (Press release). Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. June 30, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Port Authority's George Washington Bridge Bus Station Celebrates 50 Years of Regional Commuter Bus Service" (Press release). Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. January 13, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Tutor Perini Building Corp. Awarded $100 Million Contract for George Washington Bridge Bus Station Redevelopment" (Press release). Tutor Perini. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Pires, Claire (October 28, 2013). "George Washington Bridge Bus Station Is Finally Being Renovated". Northattan. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bernstein, Fred A. (November 2, 2004). "Second Look: George Washington Bridge Bus Station / Pier Luigi Nervi, 1963". ArchNewsNow. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "George Washington Bridge Bus Station History". Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ Renner, James (September 1998). "George Washington Bridge Bus Station". Washington Heights & Inwood Online. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ Strunsky, Steve (January 17, 2013). "GW Bridge Bus Station gets $180 million facelift for 50th birthday". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ Katz, Rayna (August 13, 2013). "Builder Chosen for GWB Bus Station Update". GlobeSt.com. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bus Carriers and Routes". Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Express Service - Bus Terminals (Where Do You Want to Go)". Spanish Transportation. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 

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