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LI's Scott Rechler: Consider N.J. for new PA bus terminal

Scott Rechler, chief executive and chairman of RXR

Scott Rechler, chief executive and chairman of RXR Realty, in North Hills on March 20, 2014. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

The chairman and CEO of Uniondale-based RXR Realty, Scott Rechler, has served since 2011 as vice chairman of the bi-state Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In a recent appearance before a New York City civic group, Rechler, who has been a frequent adviser to New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, drew attention for suggesting that the needs of regional transit merit a change in toll structures and methods.

Rechler also made another newsworthy suggestion. Rather than invest an estimated $9 billion to revamp the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, he said, perhaps a new bus facility should go in New Jersey, which could prove way less expensive. Buses there could hook up with existing rail lines to the city or a proposed new Hudson River tunnel.

Rechler said it as at least worth considering.

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