Foster + Partners Selected to Lead Design of Port Authority’s New Midtown Bus Station | New


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The design of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s new Midtown Bus Terminal will be led by Foster + Partners, the company and transit organization recently announced. The Port Authority is in the process of replacing its aging 72-year-old facility and has engaged the team to oversee the expansion of bus and passenger capacity, which includes improving pick-up and drop-off areas at the streets that surround it.

Foster + Partners says, “The new terminal will be designed to provide a best-in-class customer experience that meets the region’s transit needs in the 21st century, while enhancing the surrounding community and enabling the removal of intercity buses from streets. local.

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Multidisciplinary firm A. Epstein & Sons International will join the partnership to leverage its own considerable experience in the design of major public transport facilities. Foster + Partners will therefore be invited to “review, evaluate, recommend and provide advisory services on urban design, streetscape, functionalism, community impact, spatial design and strategies, materials, systems , durability and interior decoration”.

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They will also provide advisory services as the plan undergoes a strict National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process to ensure the project is delivered in line with the Port Authority’s ‘ambitious’ development goals. The company says its plan also prioritizes community feedback and the application of advanced technologies in its design to improve the areas of sustainability and pedestrian experience.

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“We are grateful for the opportunity to align our vision with that of the Port Authority to bring the future of transport and mobility to this vital hub for the entire region,” said Paul Sanderson, office manager of ‘Epstein in New York. “After more than a decade of working with local partners to reimagine the nearby Javits Center, we look forward to working with commuters and the community surrounding the bus station on this historic project with so much transformative potential. The greatest city in the world deserves the best facilities in the world, and we aim for nothing less than that.

The current bus terminal as of 2019. Image courtesy Flickr user ajay_suresh (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Foster + Partners’ portfolio of similar recent orders includes the new Stockholm Central Station and the Guangming hub. This will become Midtown’s second major transportation infrastructure upgrade following SOM’s $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall project which was completed in late 2020. As the company noted, the 42nd Street link is considered the busiest bus terminal in the world.

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