view of the station from the southeast (2018)
|Location||between Ft. Washington & Wadsworth Aves, and W. 178th & W. 179th Sts.|
Manhattan, New York City
|Owned by||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
|Operated by||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
|Platforms||21 gates (upper level)|
|Connections||New York City Subway:|
175th Street ( train)
181st Street ( train)
|Architect||Pier Luigi Nervi|
|Opened||January 17, 1963|
|Passengers (2015)||6.9 million|
The George Washington Bridge Bus Station is a commuter bus terminal located at the east end of the George Washington Bridge in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan in New York City, New York. The bus station is owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. On a typical weekday, approximately 20,000 passengers on about 1,000 buses use the station.
The building, an example of 1960s urban renewal, has been described as a blight on its surrounding environment and "a brutal assault on the senses". Its upper-level bus ramps cross Fort Washington Avenue, blocking light and the view of the George Washington Bridge.
Major renovations, including an expansion of retail space from 30,000 to 120,000 square feet (3,000 to 11,000 m2), began in late 2013 and were expected to cost more than US$183 million. Although scheduled to be completed in early 2015, the renovated station reopened on May 16, 2017, two years behind schedule, $17 million over budget, and still unfinished.
The station is built over the Trans-Manhattan Expressway (Interstate 95) between 178th and 179th Streets and Fort Washington and Wadsworth Avenues, and features direct bus ramps on and off the upper level of the bridge.
The building was designed by noted Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi and is one of only a few buildings he designed outside of Italy. It opened January 13, 1963 as a replacement for a series of sidewalk bus loading areas that existed between 166th and 167th streets further south. The building is constructed of huge steel-reinforced concrete trusses, fourteen of which are cantilevered from supports in the median of the Trans-Manhattan Expressway, which it straddles. The building contains murals as well as busts of George Washington and Othmar Amman, the civil engineer who designed the bridge. The building received the 1963 Concrete Industry Board’s Award.
The building's roof trusses have been described as resembling butterflies, as seen in aerial views.
A renovation of the terminal began in late 2013, after years of delays. It was expected to cost US$183 million. The project was a partnership between the Port Authority and a private company known as GWBBS Development Venture, LLC. Tutor Perini received a $100 million construction contract in August 2013.
The renovated building was to be improved with better access to local subway stops, displays of bus departure and arrival times, central air conditioning, and full ADA-compliant accessibility to those with disabilities. It will increase retail space from 30,000 to 120,000 square feet (3,000 to 11,000 m2), with large tenants like Marshalls, Key Food, and Blink Fitness.
The renovated station reopened on May 16, 2017, two years behind schedule, $17 million over budget, and still unfinished. The contractor Tutor Perini has filed a $120 million lawsuit against the Port Authority over "delays and cost overruns" incurred on the project 
The entire facility is wheelchair-accessible. In addition, the New York City Bus's M4 route provides wheelchair-accessible bus service on Fort Washington Avenue. The M4 travels south to Midtown Manhattan and north to Fort Tryon Park.
The complex is served by the 175th Street station of the New York City Subway, located on Fort Washington Avenue, with entrances at 175th Street and 177th Street, the latter one block south of the bus station. The subway station, operated by the New York City Transit Authority and served by the A train, was part of the Independent Subway System (IND)'s first line, the IND Eighth Avenue Line, which opened in 1932.
As of 2020[update], the bus lines detailed below serve the terminal for the New York City Transit Authority, New Jersey Transit, and Coach USA (Rockland Coaches and Short Line). Service is also provided by Spanish Transportation with its Express Service jitneys.
On September 20, 2017, Greyhound announced that it would be providing service to the station starting September 27, while keeping the Port Authority Bus Terminal as its primary New York City location.
Local buses stop at a lower level and on the streets outside the station. Local service includes:
|Paterson Broadway Bus Terminal||GWB Plaza
|Spanish Transportation operates jitneys along similar route to Paterson|
|Ridgewood Bus Terminal|| GWB Plaza
New Jersey Route 4
Hackensack, Paramus, Rochelle Park
|some trips do not stop at|
Bergen Community College
|Hackensack Bus Terminal||GWB Plaza, New Jersey Route 4
Grand Avenue, Teaneck Armory, Englewood Avenue
|Englewood/Teaneck (northern route) variant of Route 182|
|Bergenline Ave. Station||GWB Plaza, Palisade Avenue, Bergenline Avenue||Limited peak and evening service Monday-Saturday. Other times, use Spanish Transportation route, which runs down Bergenline Avenue and continues to Jersey City.|
|Hackensack Bus Terminal||GWB Plaza, Fort Lee Road, DeGraw Avenue||Leonia/Teaneck/Bogota (southern route) variant of 178|
|Dumont||GWB Plaza, Sylvan Avenue, Palisades Avenue, Teaneck Road|
|West New York||GWB Plaza, via River Road Edgewater
60 Street at Kennedy Boulevard
|Limited weekend service|
|9A & 9AT||New City (9A and 9W)
Central Nyack (9W) or Stony Point (9)
(peak service only)
|Sylvan Avenue, Oak Tree Road, Piermont Avenue/River Road, Broadway, Nyack Turnpike (Central Nyack trips only) Lake Road, Main Street, Route 9W (Stony Point is served on select rush-hour trips)|
|PM peak||Montgomery, NY
Route 211 and Clinton Street
|Washingtonville, Monroe, Central Valley, Ridgewood, NJ||
|AM peak||East Side, Manhattan
23rd Street and 2nd Avenue
Washington Heights, Harlem, East Harlem, Yorkville, Upper East Side, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Kips Bay.
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