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The Flushing Bus Terminal, is a proposed major bus terminal in Flushing Queens. Owned by the MTA, the proposed terminal is set to open in 2024-25, located at the intersection and 38th Avenue and 138th Street. Originally, it was proposed as Willets Point Bus Terminal, located at Roosevelt Avenue and 126th Street, across Shea Stadium. It was changed after the LaGuardia Airtrain plans were postponed, which was planned as a major terminal connecting with the LIRR, NYCT, the 7 train and the Airtrain.

History[]

The Bus terminal was planned as early as the 1960s. In the early 1960s Flushing Municipal Parking Lot 1 was thought of for construction of an intermodal bus terminal. This facility would of taken hundreds of buses off the surrounding streets, where they discharge and pick up riders. For over 50 years, generations of public officials, on a bipartisan basis, have failed to secure any funding necessary to support environmental review, design, engineering and construction of this badly needed transportation improvement.

On January 20, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to build a new AirTrain line to LaGuardia Airport. As part of the plan, a piece of Casey Stengel would be taken and converted into a bus terminal. Not only would this terminal be used for a connection to the Airtrain, this would allow the streets in Flushing to be less crowded as there would be less buses running and laying over on narrow streets.

As of October 2021, the terminal plans were postponed after the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo. In March 2022, New Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans for a new bus terminal that would open up in 2024-25 after the completion of the Queens Bus Redesign. Construction began with the demolition of the Flushing Municipal Parking Lot 1 the following April.

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