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NYC’s aging bus terminal to get patchwork fixes

7-27-14

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s busiest bus terminal serves more than 200,000 riders a day in buildings with cracked floors, crumbling ceilings and a failing air-conditioning system.

Now, New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal will get a much-needed makeover.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week approved an extra $90 million to fix at least some of the problems. That means more cooling fans, better cellphone service, clearer signs and cleaner restrooms in the two buildings that are a walk from Times Square.

Vice Chairman Scott Rechler (REHK’-ler) complains that it’s “sort of like putting lipstick on a pig.”

But Port Authority officials say it’s the best they can do until a new terminal is built, at an estimated cost of $1 billion or more.