The Port Authority works with the community of Washington Heights - home of George Washington Bridge Bus Station. Coogan's Run helps support projects at the 169th Street Armory Track.
Each holiday season, PATH sponsors a poster contest for students from all grades in the Jersey City Public School System. The top 25 artists' works are displayed in the Journal Square Transportation Center, and the winning poster is displayed on PATH trains during the holiday season. PATH hosts a luncheon in honor of the winners, their families and school officials, and also hosts a holiday musical performance by the Jersey City Arts High School Ensemble.
Every spring and fall, PATH participates in the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival. Staff interacts with the public, answering questions, selling SmartLink cards and distributing card holders and literature regarding PATH service.
Twice a year, advisory groups are formed to provide riders an opportunity to learn more about PATH and provide their feedback. At these meetings, riders learn from PATH representatives about the operations of the system, go on a tour of our Car Maintenance Facility in Harrison, New Jersey, and discuss ways to make the service better. The group meets on four consecutive Wednesday evenings during the months of April and October.
PATHursday is an opportunity to meet with management to provide comments and suggestions. PATHursday representatives come from every management area of PATH and have expertise in their individual disciplines, as well as a broad general knowledge of PATH operations. Many of the improvements PATH makes come as a direct result of suggestions made by passengers. PATHursdays are held on alternating Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30 at World Trade Center and 33rd Street stations from May to mid-November.
CERT received support to purchase supplies and repairs for their mobile support unit. We respect their mission inform and educate their neighbors about disaster preparedness, assist public safety agencies and local community boards with public events, respond to local disasters and support emergency personnel, assist agencies in managing spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site and participate in community outreach opportunities. Their area of responsibility includes the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing and Teleport.
This volunteer ambulance squad received support to purchase medical supplies and make ambulance repairs. They are part of Staten Island Mutual Aid and respond to incidents when on duty and during disasters. Their area of responsibility includes the Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Teleport.
This volunteer fire company received support to purchase bunker gear and other equipment for their members. Their members respond to both EMS and fire calls, have been trained at the NYC Fire Academy and are certified EMTs. Their area of responsibility includes homes, businesses, the Goethals Bridge, Howland Hook Marine Terminal and Outerbridge Crossing.
This volunteer fire company received support to purchase bunker gear and other equipment for their members. Their members respond to both EMS and fire calls, have been trained at the NYC Fire Academy and are certified EMTs. Their area of responsibility includes woods, marsh areas, wetlands and the former landfill site. Inside these locations are the Goethals Bridge, Howland Hook Marine Terminal and the Teleport.
This is an architectural lighting system that produces various lighting schemes on 9th Avenue depending on the day and time, and is designed to highlight the various elements and systems that make up the bus ramps. We worked closely with Community Board 4 members. The end result is a sharp lighting system that transformed a typically dark and unfriendly area and brightened it up to improve the quality of life for residents, workers and commuters. The PABT Triple Bridges Project received an award in 2009 from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design in San Diego, California.
We have supported this event since 2001! The race is a fund-raiser for the 169th Street Armory Track and was organized by Coogan's, an Irish restaurant on Broadway.
Coogan's has embraced its black and Hispanic neighbors and serves as a meeting place and help center. The run is held annually with more than 6,000 runners, and it takes to the neighborhood streets in Washington Heights, including a loop through historic Fort Tyron Park. The run is founded on the premise that kids who run do better in school.
Money raised goes to purchase running shoes and enables youngsters to compete for athletic scholarships through SAT prep, and anchors students with foundations that may not be available at home or school. The armory is the home to the fastest track in the northeast and the first National Track & Field Hall of Fame. The speed of the track is due to it being on the third floor, which allows the surface to bounce. It also serves as a community center where thousands of high school students and adults from throughout New York City and the surrounding area come to exercise, learn and aspire to improve their lives. The armory sponsors programs in technology learning through its tech center, as well as programs for literacy, jobs training, teens at risk, immigrant services, teacher training, mentoring and senior citizens' health.