Date: Sep 20, 2012
Press Release Number: 130-2012
Plans for direct train service to Newark Liberty from Lower Manhattan move forward
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved long-awaited plans to consider extending the World Trade Center-Newark PATH rail line to Newark Liberty International Airport.
The study will explore the extension of the current terminus of the PATH line at Newark’s Penn Station to the existing Northeast Corridor’s Rail Link Station, where travelers could pick up AirTrain Newark for connection to the airport’s terminals and parking lots.
Currently, nearly 75 percent of Newark Liberty’s air passenger market comes from New Jersey, with an additional 15 percent constituting Manhattan residents. Residents from the city’s four other boroughs and other parts of New York state represent nearly nine percent of users.
If the project is pursued, potential benefits to the region would include more than $600 million in design and construction activity over the project’s life, while adding permanent jobs for the link’s operation. Customers in Lower Manhattan and in New Jersey would be able to cut their travel times to and from the airport.
In addition, extending PATH to Newark Liberty would bring another cross-Hudson rail option to commuters. New Jerseyans who work in Lower Manhattan would be able to access a one-seat ride to the World Trade Center by potentially parking at Newark Airport, which also will be part of the study. Finally, the PATH extension would serve as an option for visitors to Lower Manhattan and the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. By boarding PATH at Newark Liberty, they would be only one ride away from their destination.
“Mass transit options to our airports are essential to the future growth and economic vitality of our region,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “We need another mass-transit link to Newark Liberty International Airport, which served nearly 34 million passengers last year, so this initiative is of utmost importance. We will move quickly to make it a reality.”
“AirTrain at both John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports carries thousands of airport passengers and employees each week,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “Taking a hard look at extending the PATH line in a fiscally responsible manner makes sense, and has the potential to provide New York and New Jersey residents with another hassle-free way to get to and from Newark Liberty International Airport and spur further regional economic growth.”
“Extending PATH to Newark Liberty International Airport has been discussed for a generation,’’ said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. “We are now moving this process forward quickly to bring together our PATH system, Newark Liberty International Airport, and Lower Manhattan. It is a regional win for all.”
The study will result in updated cost estimates for the extension, anticipated ridership and potential construction timeframes. Additionally, the review will provide additional benefits of the extension for commuters and other riders not traveling to and from the airport.
The study also will help develop plans for necessary property acquisition, provide a cost/benefit analysis of moving forward and spur coordination with the Port Authority’s regional and national transportation partners on funding and planning initiatives.
CONTACT: Ron Marsico, 212-435-7777
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