The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey continues to invest in the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) system to improve reliability and customer satisfaction. Below, we make note of some current and ongoing projects.
The Signal System Replacement program is a key component to the modernization of PATH. This integrated program will ensure the long-term viability of PATH by bringing it into the 21st Century using the latest technology and continuing to provide customers with reliable and safe service. This new signal system will allow PATH trains to safely run closer together and thus increase the number of trains we can fit on the system during peak times, increasing capacity. Over the past few years, the Board authorized projects for the replacement of the entire PATH Signal System with a modern Automatic Train Control System (ATC) using communications-based train control technology. PATH staff is diligently working with the Signal Contractor and has currently completed Final Design Reviews; commencing preliminary construction of ATC wayside base equipment; and reviewing acceptability and compliance of various plans such as Quality Assurance, ATC Training, System Safety, etc. This project is scheduled for completion in 2015.
World Trade Center Transportation Hub: The World Trade Center Transportation Hub will restore and greatly enhance the level of services that existed prior to September 11, 2001. Comparable in size to Grand Central Station, the new hub will serve more than 200,000 daily commuters, along with millions of annual visitors to the World Trade Center and Memorial. The Hub will feature advanced signal systems, state-of-the-art fare collection equipment, and climate-controlled platforms and mezzanines with superior lighting and finishes. The Hub’s new concourse will connect commuters and visitors to New York City Transit connections, unsurpassed retail opportunities and other destinations, including the World Financial Center and Winter Garden. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava, the Hub’s design will seamlessly fuse state-of-the-art transportation and retail facilities in a design destined to become iconic. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.