Port Authority Scraps Bus Garage, Cites Money Issues

Commuters will continue to face a long line of empty buses snarling traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel after the Port Authority scrapped plans to build a new bus garage in Manhattan.

Port Authority officials say they can't afford the $800 million project because recent toll increases were lower than proposed.

The agency's Midtown bus terminal doesn't have enough room so hundreds of empty buses are forced to return to New Jersey to park between the morning and evening rush-hours.

Martin Robins of Rutgers University's Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute told The Record newspaper that the decision to cancel a new garage consigns New Jersey's mass transit riders to years and years of congestion and unreliable bus service.

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