The city is safer and the Times is closer to Port Authority. For these reasons, and the fact the paper needs to "reduce spending," there won’t be a direct shuttle from the Times Building to Grand Central and Penn Station anymore. Here’s the memo:
As part of our continuing efforts to reduce spending, we will be discontinuing the late-night shuttle van service that runs between 620 Eighth Ave., Penn Station and Grand Central. The van will make its last run on the night of Friday, March 21.
This expense cut is made possible, in part, by a welcome development: the increased safety and security of the Times Square area that we have seen over the last several years. This, combined with our move to the new building, which eliminated the need for people to ride to the Port Authority, has led to sharply diminished use of the van, and regrettably it is no longer a service we can afford to provide to the few remaining riders.