Date: Dec 21, 2012
Press Release Number: 221-2012
Uninterrupted work hours on Newark to WTC line will help to restore full service faster
PATH rail service will operate this weekend between Newark and 33rd Street and Hoboken to 33rd Street from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday to allow ongoing post-Superstorm Sandy repairs.
This weekend marks the first time two PATH lines will be operating on the weekend since before Sandy’s storm surge devastated the system by flooding tunnels and destroying signal and switching equipment.
Weekend closure of the Newark-to-WTC line will provide PATH workers with at least 48 hours of uninterrupted time to continue repairs, with the goal of bringing Hoboken-to-WTC and 24-hour service back faster. Passengers will be able to access nearby subway lines at each PATH stop in Manhattan for travel downtown.
Providing crews with this uninterrupted weekend work time will shave as many as five or more days off the agency’s overall recovery timeline. 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.
Looking ahead to Monday, Christmas Eve, and Tuesday, Christmas Day, PATH service will run from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the Newark to WTC line, Journal Square to 33rd Street and Hoboken to 33rd Street lines.
For more information visit the Port Authority’s website, http://www.panynj.gov/path/ or follow PATH on Twitter @PATHTweet.
CONTACT: Ron Marsico, 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.