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UPDATED PORT AUTHORITY CONTINUES FREE WEEKEND SHUTTLE BUSES AND NJ TRANSIT CONTINUES EXTRA LIGHT RAIL SERVICE TO HELP PATH CUSTOMERS WITH COMMUTE TO MANHATTAN

Date: Dec 14, 2012
Press Release Number: 215-2012

CONTACT: Ron Marsico, 212-435-7777

Additional weekend services will help PATH riders with commute to Manhattan

PATH riders who travel from the Hoboken and Newport stations to Manhattan on weekends will be able to take free shuttle buses to the Grove Street station or extra light rail service to the Exchange Place station again this weekend, while the Newark to 33rd PATH train line is closed for post-Superstorm Sandy repairs.

Crews made significant progress by closing the line last weekend, which provided crews with 48 hours of uninterrupted work time. Port Authority officials expect to have a better sense after this weekend of the timetable for reopening the Hoboken PATH station and related tunnels, as well as returning the entire PATH system to 24/7 service.

The Port Authority is putting the additional transit alternatives in place for a second consecutive weekend (Dec. 15/16) to assist its customers while PATH crews work unimpeded on the Newark to 33rd Street line.

Providing crews with two full days of uninterrupted work time will shave as many as five or more days off the agency's recovery timeline to restore service to Hoboken Station as well as 24-hour service to the overall system. The current nightly shutdowns between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. provide less than six hours of actual repair time once set-up and mandatory testing is taken into account.

PATH's Newark Penn Station to World Trade Center train line—which includes stops at Grove Street and Exchange Place—will be operating from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Port Authority will provide free shuttle buses operated by Academy Bus at the Hoboken and Newport PATH stations, which will bring passengers to Grove Street, where they can access the Newark-WTC line. The loop between Newport and Grove Street will run every five minutes or less, with service every 15 minutes between Hoboken and Grove Street. Last weekend, a total of 7,550 people used the special PATH shuttle buses.

Alternatively, NJ TRANSIT will increase its weekend light rail service, which will bring riders to the Exchange Place PATH station, where they also can access the Newark-WTC line. NJ TRANSIT will honor PATH tickets on the light rail, so there will be no extra service costs for riders. Details on shuttle bus schedules, pickup locations and routes will be available later today.

Weekend PATH customers traveling between New Jersey and Manhattan can use the MTA's subway lines near the World Trade Center PATH line for travel to Uptown Manhattan locations and back. Nearby subway lines include the 1, 2, 3, A, C and E trains.

The A, C and E trains can be accessed at the Chambers Street Station, with various entrances along Church Street. The 1, 2 and 3 lines are available just north of the WTC site at the Chambers Street and West Broadway station.

Alternatively, NJ TRANSIT trains offer weekend Midtown service to New York Penn Station, while various bus lines also operate weekends between New Jersey and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Additionally, cross-Hudson River ferry service is available from New Jersey to Midtown on the city's west side. For example, Waterway operates ferry services from Weehawken, Hoboken/14th Street, and Lincoln Harbor, New Jersey to 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan on the weekends. Connecting shuttle bus service is available in Manhattan and New Jersey. For more information on schedules, visit http://www.nywaterway.com/WeekendSchedule.aspx.

Port Authority customer service representatives also will be available at PATH stations and curbside bus locations during this weekend to help riders find their way with a minimum of inconvenience.

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.