PATH Extension Project

Overview: PATH’s Newark to World Trade Center Line currently terminates at Newark Penn Station. Extending the PATH system from its current terminus to the Newark Liberty Rail Link Station (Airport Station) at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) would improve transit access for airport customers and commuters coming from many of the communities currently served by PATH, including: Lower Manhattan, Bergen, Hudson, and Essex Counties in New Jersey, as well as providing new access to transit for the Dayton Street neighborhood, within Newark’s South Ward. Currently, there is no pedestrian or bus access to the Airport Station.

Purpose: The PATH Extension program is intended to improve transit access to Newark, Jersey City, and New York City for New Jersey commuters and increase transit options to EWR for air travelers and airport employees. The service extension would increase travel time predictability and reduce travel time for air travelers and EWR employees from areas served by existing PATH stations, including those in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City, and provide commuters with access from Newark’s South Ward and neighboring communities to the growing employment centers in Newark, Jersey City and Lower Manhattan.

Scope: A preliminary alternative has been identified, which includes the extension of the PATH Newark-to-World Trade Center line from its existing terminus at Newark Penn Station to the Airport Station at EWR. Included in this program is a new station near the Airport Station, accessible to pedestrians and buses, construction of a new rail yard facility, and modification of existing platforms at Newark Penn Station to accommodate increased passenger flow. The new PATH station will be designed to allow for the construction of a commuter parking garage through a potential public-private partnership, thereby providing the potential for expanded trans-Hudson transit access for commuters.

Environmental Review: The preliminary alternative will be studied with other alternatives in an Environmental Assessment, which will be prepared in accordance with the federal National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), since federal funds are expected to cover a portion of the capital costs. An Environmental Assessment is a document that includes a description of the project and its anticipated impact on a broad range of environmental issues including potential impacts to local traffic conditions, air quality levels, noise and vibration, historical resources, and quality of life in the project area.

PATH System and Proposed PATH Extension

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