THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

Press Release Article


PORT AUTHORITY CONTINUES LIMITED PATH SERVICE

Date: Nov 06, 2012
Press Release Number: 189-2012

Approximately 84,000 customers served in first day

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will continue to operate limited Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) service tomorrow, November 7, in both directions between Journal Square in Jersey City and 33rd Street in Manhattan, with the exception of Christopher and 9th streets in Manhattan.

Stops will include Journal Square, Grove Street and Newport in Jersey City and 14th, 23rd and 33rd streets in Manhattan. Service will remain suspended between Newark Penn Station and Journal Square, Hoboken, Exchange Place, and World Trade Center as recovery efforts continue. Disabled passengers will continue to have access to the platforms only at Journal Square and 33rd Street as clean up and restoration work continues.

The first trains to operate since last week’s storm departed from the Journal Square and 33rd Street stations at 5 a.m. this morning. Trains ran without disruption through the morning commute and it is expected that the system will carry an estimated 84,000 passengers through 10 p.m. this evening.

To minimize delays in operations, the Port Authority waived PATH fares today, but will reinstate regular fares beginning tomorrow, November 7. The Port Authority cautions passengers to expect extended waits and potential service delays as PATH personnel and third-party contractors continue to safely return the entire system to normal service.

The PATH system suffered unprecedented and widespread flooding in the tunnels and at multiple stations, as well as power outages that shut down signals and switches. Crews continue to work to restore power and to pump water that is remaining in some of the tunnels.

Currently, PATH engineers, safety officials, and third-party contractors are working around the clock to restore the Newark to Journal Square line as well as the Hoboken and World Trade Center lines.

In 2011, the PATH rail system reported nearly 77 million commuter trips in 2011. We appreciate the patience of our loyal passengers during this difficult time and pledge our continued efforts to return other stations and lines back to safe operation. For up to date information please visit our website at http://www.panynj.gov/path/ and follow us on Twitter @PATHTweet.

CONTACT:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.