The Port Authority is an incredibly busy transportation hub that sees thousands of travelers and commuters every day. It is where buses from outside New York City generally enter the city, and it connects some of the city’s busiest Subway lines.
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Port Authority Bus Terminal location (Google Maps)
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the main gateway for interstate buses into Manhattan.
Port Authority (Roger Rowlett)
The Bus Terminal is owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Port Authority Bus Terminal Ramp (qwesy qwesy)
Port Authority is located in Midtown, Manhattan, on Eighth Avenue between 40th Street and 42nd Street, just one block away from Times Square.
New York Army National Guard Spc. Luis Gustav Postigovalverde, right, and Pfc. Dion Hani Martin patrol the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, Sept. 21, 2016. (New York Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)
The terminal is the largest in the United States and the busiest in the world by volume of traffic.
The terminal serves around 8,000 buses and 225,000 people during the weekdays.
Port Authority 42nd street entrance (Harrison Leong)
Port Authority opened in 1950 between 8th and 9th Avenues and 40th and 41st Streets. In 1979, Port Authority expanded to 42nd Street.
Army Sergeant David Licorish, Specialist Luis Gustav Postigovalverde, and PRivate First Class Dion Hani Martin, all members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, conduct a patrol at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on September 21, 2016 (US Air National Guard / Staff Sergeant Christopher S Muncy / released)
Port Authority is one of three bus terminals operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The other two are the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station in Manhattan.
Port Authority Bus Terminal (Rob Young)
Port Authority has been looking into ways to replace the existing bus terminal to keep up with high volume of traffic and congestion.
Port Authority Bus Terminal interior (HBB)