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Port Authority board approves next steps to replace aging bus terminal

The board said it would announce a design competition that would include the terminal's relocation one block to the west.
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New York City is getting its new bus terminal — by about 2030 at the earliest.

The board at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unanimously approved a $10 billion plan to replace the existing 65-year-old structure at Eighth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets.

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The vote on Thursday approved a series of changes, including the fact that the new terminal would likely be built one block west, between Ninth and 10th avenues.

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The existing terminal, which more than 200,000 commuters use every day, would remain in operation until the new structure is complete.

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There's still plenty to be worked out, including the new terminal's design. The board agreed to launch a design competition that would also incorporate connections to existing transfer points.

The proposal beat out earlier suggestions, including one to relocate the terminal to New Jersey.

In May, the board also unanimously approved a $3.6 billion plan to redevelop La Guardia Airport, using a public-private partnership to defray costs for taxpayers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously said the airport's renovation would be completely rebuilt by 2021. Last year, Vice President Joe Biden referred to La Guardia as something an airport from "a third world country."

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