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An upscale food court is coming to…Port Authority? Wait. What?

Port Authority Bus Terminal
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Rose Trinh Port Authority Bus Terminal

Port Authority commuters, rejoice. The New York-New Jersey bus station—arguably one of the city's worst transportation hubs, even against solid contenders like Laguardia—is getting a well-deserved upgrade in the dining department thanks to a new $15.2 million, decade-long lease with the OHM Concession Group, a company that operates similar food courts at airports in Boston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and St. Louis.   

Set to open by the end of 2016, the 5,943 square-foot venue will take over the terminal space currently home to Jamba Juice, Deli Plus and a US Postal Service outlet. Though the names of the new vendors have yet to been confirmed, OHM's past projects have included a Good Stuff Eatery by Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn, Dunkin' Donuts and an Einstein Bros. Bagels. This addition is part of the Port Authority board's Quality of Commute initiative to revamp the station, which also includes the installation of Wi-Fi and more public bathrooms.

With all the grade-A dining options available for New York's commuters—Grand Central has the Grand Central Oyster Bar and JFK has a Shake Shack outpost—, it's really about time that Port Authority stepped up its game.