PATH service will be suspended to and from the World Trade Center and Exchange Place Stations in 2014 to allow the
Port Authority to advance critical signal system work, security work, and Sandy repair and resiliency work.
Friday nights, around-the-clock, through Monday mornings. All weekends in 2014, except July 4 weekend.
Impacts to World Trade Center to Newark (WTC-NWK) and NWK-WTC service
Last trains to Hoboken-World Trade Center (HOB-WTC) and WTC-HOB service
The World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations reopen Mondays at approximately 4:45 a.m.
The West Concourse at WTC, providing underground connection to Brookfield Place, will remain open and accessible during these weekend outages.
PATH service between New York and New Jersey will continue throughout the scheduled outage. Additional service will be added to the Journal Square-33rd (HOB) line in both directions to accommodate additional traffic.
The Newark-WTC line only will operate between Newark and Journal Square in both directions. Passengers wishing to go to Grove Street from points east should transfer to the Journal Square-33rd (HOB) at Journal Square.
Passengers traveling to Lower Manhattan should use the Journal Square-33rd (HOB) and connect to NYC Transit subways or buses (a separate fare is required). Recommended transfer points include:
NJ TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL
The NJ Transit Light Rail will also cross-honor PATH passengers at their Exchange Place, Newport, and Hoboken stations. Passengers should show a Metrocard or SmartLink card if asked by a fare enforcement officer, and indicate that they are transferring to/from PATH.
Weekend ferry service is operating by NY Waterway, under Billybey Ferry Company, Saturdays and Sundays between the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Terminal in New York through the end of 2014.
Ferry Service At-A-Glance
$2.50 one-way. $5.00 roundtrip. $1.00 bike fee. (Payable via cash, credit or debit card at either terminal ticketing booth. Tickets are also available via the NY Waterway’s Smartphone app.)
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and may change according to demand levels.
First Paulus Hook departure – 8:00 a.m.
Last Paulus Hook departure – 9:45 p.m.
First World Financial Center Hook departure – 8:08 a.m.
Last World Financial Center departure – 9:53 p.m.
Ferries depart every 15 minutes. Travel time between terminals is approximately seven minutes. One boat travels back and forth between these two terminals.
This program is not a cross-honoring agreement, but rather an additional service to help alleviate disruption caused by the PATH weekend work.
Those needing to connect to PATH trains may go to Grove Street Station – which is approximately a 12-minute walk and the closet open PATH station from the Paulus Hook Terminal. The closest entrance to PATH is at the intersection of Christopher Columbus and Marin Boulevard. (Note: Grove Street does not have an elevator and is not ADA-accessible.)
Newport Station is ADA-accessible. To get to Newport, you can take the NJ TRANSIT Light Rail from Exchange Place to Newport. NJ TRANSIT is cross-honoring PATH passengers who show their SmartLink card or MetroCard if asked by a fare enforcement officer. As an alternative, passengers can walk north on Washington Boulevard to the Newport Station, a 20-minute walk.
For ferry alerts and advisories, visit NY Waterway website’s alerts and advisories page.
Every weekend in 2014, beginning February 14-16 and excluding major holidays, PATH service will be suspended to and from the World Trade Center and Exchange Place Stations to allow the Port Authority to advance critical signal system work to meet the federal mandate of installing Positive Train Control technology by December 31, 2015, continuing security work, as well as ongoing post-Sandy repair and resiliency work. In addition to safety and security enhancements, this work will provide PATH riders increased reliability in the future, as well as laying the ground work for increased passenger capacity as early as 2016.
What is Positive Train Control?
Mandated by federal law in 2008, Positive Train Control technology is a type of signal system that provides an additional layer of safety by using technology designed to apply automatically a train's brakes to avoid accidents with other trains, derailments caused by excessive speed, or wrong switching to tracks undergoing repairs. While the types of Positive Train Control systems vary, they all are designed to help reduce human or mechanical errors to avoid accidents and save lives.
In 2009, PATH began construction work on a $580 million comprehensive signals modernization program to replace its antiquated mechanical train controls with state-of-the-art, computerized signals. In addition to replacing aging technology and making the system safer, this new signal system will make the PATH system more efficient by enabling more frequent service for passengers in the future and improve upon a safe PATH system.
Just before the Superstorm Sandy hit in late October 2012, 55% of the signal work had been awarded, the design of the new system was complete and installation of equipment was well underway. After the storm passed, all field activity for the signals program stopped for more than four months, with work gradually returning to normal activity over a three-month period. Continuing at this pace, the overall signal program would have been delayed more than three years.
Sandy Repair and Resiliency Work
This year's outages at World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations are also essential for PATH to continue its remediation efforts on rails, tunnels, and equipment due to ongoing deterioration from latent, corrosive salt residue from Superstorm Sandy. The storm's unprecedented flooding of 15 million gallons of corrosive salt water in each of the PATH tunnels left behind a salt residue that could not entirely be cleaned during the efforts to restore service in the months after the storm. To remedy this issue, workers will power wash the tunnels between World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations during the closures to remove corrosive salt. They also will also replace 90% of the utilities in the tunnel, including power and communications equipment, rail, third rail, and track—all of which is corroding due to salt intrusion.
Similar to the update posted on work conducted in November 2013, we will continue to update you as work progresses. You can find current news and previous updates in the section(s) below.