The MTA on Jan. 30 accredited a $480 million challenge to demolish the Jamaica Bus Depot and substitute it with a new state-of-the-art facility.
Group leaders and elected officers have lengthy complained concerning the air and noise air pollution from the almost 85-year-old depot at 165-18 Tuskegee Airmen Means. The present lease on the property runs out in September, so the outdated depot can be demolished to make approach for a future mixed-use growth. The new Jamaica Bus Depot would be the company’s first all-electric bus depot and it will likely be constructed on a industrial car parking zone situated at ninetieth Avenue and 168th Avenue. A lease for that property is at the moment in negotiations.
The MTA is making ready a presentation for group stakeholders on the challenge that can ship a new LEED-certified bus depot and an accompanying administrative constructing on the new location.
The MTA plans to park its fleet of buses in a single day at a York Faculty car parking zone till the electrical charging infrastructure is put in on the new location which is anticipated to be accomplished in simply over a 12 months from now. A number of Jamaica residents complained concerning the challenge through the MTA’s month-to-month board assembly on Monday.
“In light of the feedback we got from the podium this morning, we’re going to put together a special briefing for our friends and partners in the advocacy community who had questions about the Jamaica bus terminal lease transaction,” MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber stated. “We do have to do it. We need a home for that operation, but we want to make sure folks understand why and also, we’re aware of the issues that we’re raising.”
The MTA goals to transition its 5,800-strong bus fleet to zero emissions by 2040, however received’t cease shopping for diesel-fuel-powered automobiles till 2028.
Skanska introduced on Jan. 10 that it had been chosen by the MTA to construct the new Jamaica Bus Depot. The challenge consists of the phased demolition of the prevailing depot, the new facility, and the short-term off-site bus car parking zone. The new facility can be comprised of 272 normal bus equal parking areas, three bus washing lanes, two chassis washing stations, an inside bus washing station, 15 upkeep bays and a rooftop bus parking space.
Moreover, the challenge consists of the creation of a three-story administrative constructing on the northwest finish of the location that can connect with the new bus depot by way of an enclosed bridge passageway.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to provide a modernized and more efficient bus depot to one of New York City’s busiest transportation hubs,” stated Michael Viggiano, government vice chairman of Skanska USA Civil’s East Coast operations. “When complete, the new facility will enhance the experience of thousands of commuters each day, and better serve the current and future bus service demands in the borough of Queens.”
Nassau County desires to find its NICE bus fleet with a lease on the new facility, as soon as it’s accomplished, as a subtenant to the MTA. Construction is anticipated to be accomplished by late 2026.