SPEAK UP : Tell the Port Authority to be more encompassing and bolder in its goals and solutions . This new facility will probably last more than 50 years.
Port Authority Bus Replacement Project
Thursday September 5, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Westin Hotel Times Square,
207 W 43rd Street (7/8), New York, NY
The PA does not intend to fully relieve the neighborhood from buses : The facilities must house ALL buses that are using the curbside today and provide for their growth. Buses operate or park at the curb because a lack of capacity or ramp compatibility in the Port Authority terminal and parking lots. Our streets and curbs are used as an annex to the PABT operation, PA must address these operations as well as those occurring inside the terminal. Other large cities have shown it is feasible to free curbside from buses – given the political will.
The PA just wants to reduce bus idling or make sure the air quality is not worse off: Air quality must be significantly improved : ALL facilities must be enclosed with air filtration systems. We have the third worse air quality in the city, Buses idle everywhere for hours at a time, Lincoln tunnel queues of cars and buses overwhelm our neighborhood for many hours a day and idle constantly.
The plans to develop PA parcels are not part of the project: Substantial green space must be created over the existing Dyer Avenue cuts and parking areas. CB4 is next to last in green space per resident in the city , and Hell’s Kitchen South in particular is not served by any park space. 70 years ago PA left Dyer avenue cuts uncovered: PA must finish the job, cover them and repair the damage that resulted in our community . Affordable housing and retail must be included in the plan
New housing must preserve the social diversity of our neighborhood. And affordable goods and services must be provided to current and new residents
The HKSC web site includes links to the HKSC plan presentation and PABT scoping document.