Port Authority names two firms to lead architectural design for multi-billion dollar replacement for NYC bus terminal

International architectural firm founded by Norman Foster will partner with U.S.-based design and engineering firm Epstein to provide architectural design and support during ongoing federal environmental review

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced it selected an architectural joint-venture to assist in developing the agency’s vision for a reimagined, state-of-the-art Midtown Bus Terminal.

International firm Foster + Partners and the U.S.-based multi-disciplinary design firm A. Epstein and Sons International Inc. will provide architectural design services for the replacement project beginning immediately and throughout the design phase and the environmental review of the proposed project.

The new terminal will be large enough to accommodate the projected growth of bus riders through 2050. The building will aim to meet sustainability measures, like LEED certification. There will also be local retail beneficial to both commuters and the surrounding community.

Additionally, the Port Authority’s plan includes constructing a separate storage and staging facility that would move commuter buses from street-level lots and also accommodate intercity buses.

An enclosed ramp structure linking the Lincoln Tunnel with the bus terminal will be covered by a deck and transformed into roughly 3.5 acres of public green space.

In addition to the bus terminal complex, the proposal also calls for up to four high-rise towers: one on Eighth Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets; one on Ninth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets; one on 11th Avenue between 39th and 40th streets; and one on 10th Avenue between 39th and 40th streets.

“As we make crucial upgrades to the roads, bridges, and tunnels within our most pivotal transportation corridors, we must ensure that we improve not just the functionality and efficiency of our infrastructure, but the experiences of our commuters,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement.

The agency expects to open the new facility by 2031.