George Washington Bridge
Port Authority Bus Terminal

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View of scaffolding to support construction of bus
station's distinctive "butterfly" roof in early 1960's
In Northern
Owner: The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Address: 4211 Broadway
New York, New York 10033
Some Details:
  • The day of the opening ceremony was January 17, 1963.
  • The bus station has three levels and is 400 feet long by 185 feet wide.
  • As of December 31, 1999, the Port Authority had invested $30.3 million in the facility.
  • On a typical weekday, approximately 14,000 passengers on about 810 buses use the bus station. In 2000, the bus station handled approximately 5.7 million passengers on about 263,000 bus movements. The bulk of the passengers was carried on short-haul bus trips in commuter service to and from Bergen County in New Jersey, and Rockland County in New York. Buses also travel to Florida from this facility.
Size (Square Feet): 222,000sq.ft. (estimate)
This bus terminal is one of two that exist in Manhattan. It is the only one in northern Manhattan (north of 96th street). The second is the 8th Avenue / 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is in southern Manhattan (south of 96th street).

George Washington Bridge
In Northern
Owner: The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Some Details:
  • The two-level George Washington Bridge (GWB) crosses the Hudson River between upper Manhattan (West 178th Street) and Fort Lee, New Jersey and forms part of Interstate Highway I-95.
  • This suspension bridge was designed by Othmar H. Ammann who was the Port Authority's Chief Engineer during that time. Ground was broken for the original six-lane bridge in October 1927. The Port Authority opened the bridge to traffic on October 25, 1931. In 1946, two additional lanes were provided on the upper level.
  • The lower level was opened on August 29, 1962. This increased the capacity of the bridge by 75 percent, making the GWB the world's only 14-lane suspension bridge, and it is now one of the world's busiest bridges.
  • Mr. Ammann also served as a consultant on the addition of the lower level. In 1981, the George Washington Bridge was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
    Opened to Traffic:
    Upper LevelOctober 25, 1931
    Lower LevelAugust 29, 1962
    Bus Station OpenedJanuary 17, 1963
    Length of Bridge
    (between anchorages)
    4,760 feet
    Width of Bridge119 feet
    Width of Roadway90 feet
    Height of Tower Above Water feet
    Water Clearance at Mid-Span212 feet
    Number of Toll Lanes:
    Upper Level12
    Lower Level12
    Palisades Interstate Parkway7
    Cost of Original Structure$59,000,000
    PA Investment as of 12/31/00$772,324,000
    2000 Traffic Volume (Eastbound)
    Typical Weekday Traffic:153,461
    Total Annual Traffic:54,327,000
This bridge is one of the main arteries for multi-axle diesel tractor-trailers (commonly called "18-wheelers") and trucks that come into New York City from New Jersey; Auxiliary passage is also available through smaller bridges passing through Staten Island. Such trucks are not permitted in either the Holland or Lincoln Tunnels.

Source: The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

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