- Published: 06 January 2017
- Written by John Bobsin
$1.7 billion to extend the PATH rapid transit system to Newark Liberty International Airport is included in the long term capital plan introduced by the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on January 5, according to reporting by Larry Higgs for NJ Advance Media (Jan. 6). The budget plan also includes $1.5 billion to build a light rail link between La Guardia Airport in Queens and the No. 7 city subway line. But the most controversial part of the capital plan was the inclusion of $3.5 billion for a new Port Authority bus terminal in midtown Manhattan; critics said the amount budgeted was only a fraction of the total need of $8-10 billion, and that money would be harder to come by in the future if not budgeted now. Some advocates have suggested a better plan would be to build a new bus terminal in New Jersey, in the Secaucus area most likely, and forward passengers to Manhattan via new commuter rail links or an extension of the No. 7 subway line, but bus rider advocates have derided such a solution as not providing a single-seat ride to Manhattan. Others have emphasized the need for a new bus terminal as an alternative in case the existing two-track rail tunnel under the Hudson should fail, crippling the existing rail service and forcing many to transfer to buses.