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Five insane futuristic designs that could transform the world's busiest bus terminal

Will Gleason

There may come a day when you're actually reluctant to board your bus at Port Authority.

A design competition was launched back in March to reimagine the 66-year-old bus terminal on 42nd St as a modern, world-class transportation hub as opposed to its current incarnation as the limbo land that monster came from in Stranger Things. 

Now, the agency has revealed the five shortlisted renderings. Don't get too excited yet, though. The funding needed to begin construction on the project (a mere $10 billion) won't be assigned until the next 10-year capital plan. Oh, and there's a chance that none of these designs will be chosen at all.

But one can dream! From underground lakes to rooftop parks, check out the ambitious proposals from the five firms below. 

1. Perkins Eastman want to instal a new public waterfront park on Eighth Ave.

Rendering: Courtesy Perkins Eastman

2. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects focus on connecting Hell's Kitchen with the new Hudson Yards development.

Rendering: Courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

3. HTC Hudson's design proposes moving the entire bus terminal underground.

Rendering: Courtesy HTC Hudson

4. Archiller Architecture's design has 9.8-acre rooftop park.

Rendering: Courtesy Archiller Architecture

5. Arcadis of New York's design lets in ample natural light to a re-designed station.


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