Senate President Steve Sweeney says a new Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York should be named after Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released a “scoping document” today that outlines early steps toward upgrading the outdated bus terminal.
“Today’s announcement is a tribute to the vision, leadership and perseverance of Senator Weinberg,” said. “Three years ago, expansion of the Port Authority Bus Terminal wasn’t even in the 10-year Capital Plan; it was a project that would have been done in the 2030s, if then. If it were up to me, I would name the new bus terminal after her.”
Weinberg praised the document as an important first step to accommodating an additional 30,000 commuters form New Jersey.
“While no decision has been made on a final plan, today’s announcement puts us on track to add two new floors to the existing Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is the ‘build-in-place’ option preferred by both New York and New Jersey leaders,” said Weinberg. “With new rail capacity from the Gateway tunnel at least 15 years away, expansion of the bus terminal is critical to expanding trans-Hudson capacity and ensuring that New Jersey commuters share in Manhattan’s projected job growth.”
Gov. Phil Murphy also gave Weinberg credit.
“I applaud Senator Weinberg, who has for many years fought to make today a reality, as well as the Port Authority leadership, for making New Jersey’s bus commuters a priority,” Murphy said. “Across the board, from the replacement of the bus terminal to the Gateway program, the Port Authority has been a key partner in providing the modern, safe, and reliable transit infrastructure our economy and our commuters need. I look forward to continuing our work together.”
Sweeney, who attended the Port Authority meeting with Weinberg, praised the leadership of chairman Kevin O’Toole and executive director Rick Cotton.
“From planning for the new Port Authority Bus Terminal, the new Terminal A at Newark Airport and expansion of PATH capacity and to their support for a $15 minimum wage, they have teamed up to provide smooth, thoughtful leadership for the most important bi-state agency in the nation.”