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PATH WEEKEND AND FERRY SERVICE ADVISORY - PATH RAIL WORK TO ENHANCE SAFETY, SECURITY AND SERVICE CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND WITH CLOSURES OF WORLD TRADE CENTER AND EXCHANGE PLACE STATIONS

Date: Apr 25, 2014
Press Release Number: 89-2014

PATH weekend service continues between New Jersey and New York, with station access at Newark, Hoboken, Journal Square, Harrison, Newport and Grove in New Jersey and Christopher, 9th, 14th, 23rd and 33rd streets in New York

Extensive PATH rail work to implement a federal safety mandate is set to continue late Friday night through early Monday morning with closures of the World Trade Center (WTC) and Exchange Place stations, a process that will continue most weekends throughout 2014 with the exception of major holidays.

PATH riders will be able to travel between New Jersey and New York from all other PATH stations on weekends, including Grove Street, Newport and Journal Square in Jersey City. Riders from Newark and Harrison will need to transfer at Journal Square for trips into New York.

Service between New Jersey and New York will run on weekends on the Journal Square to 33rd Street (via Hoboken) line during the closures of the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations, with increased service and decreased wait times.

For weekend riders who would normally use PATH between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan, ferry service is available this weekend, with service on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in New York. The earlier hour on Sunday is being done by the ferry contractor to accommodate runners participating in Sunday's 9/11 Memorial 5K Run.

The ferry is for PATH weekend riders as an alternative to service typically provided at the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations, which will be closed most weekends throughout 2014. PATH is in the midst of a weekend outage schedule for an array of projects, including but not limited to post-Sandy desalination, track repairs, life safety/security work, lighting and communications, as well as recovering schedule time lost due to Superstorm Sandy to implement Positive Train Control safety improvements.

The ferries – part of a six-weekend pilot ferry service – will depart every 15 minutes, beginning with the 8 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday departure from Paulus Hook. The last ferry will depart Paulus Hook at 9:45 p.m. and the World Financial Ferry Terminal at 9:53 p.m. One boat will be traveling back and forth between these two terminals. Travel time between terminals is approximately seven minutes.

The fare will be $2.50 one-way, or $5.00 roundtrip, paid only via cash, credit or debit card at either terminal ticketing booth. The charge is the same as the cost for a PATH ride and is below the typical cost of a ferry ride across the Hudson River. Children five years of age and under ride free. Riders can also board with bicycles, and will be subject to the ferry's additional $1.00 charge.

Additionally, passengers can now purchase weekend PATH tickets using the NY Waterways Smartphone App. The mobile ticketing app is available as a free download for iPhones and Android phones. Tickets purchased through the mobile ticketing app are activated by passengers immediately in advance of boarding, whereupon a boarding pass will be displayed on the passenger's phone. Purchasing tickets through the mobile ticketing app is a great way for folks to avoid lines at ticketing booths.

For those traveling from Manhattan to Jersey City, the World Trade Center Ferry Terminal is located at end of Vesey Street on the Hudson River, in close proximity to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 2, 3, E and R subway trains and M20 and M22 buses.

On Saturday, April 26, trains remain on a 10-minute schedule on the Journal Square-33rd (Hoboken) line. On Sunday, April 27, signal construction work will occur on the NWK-JSQ line from approximately 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM, with trains will be operating at 30-minute intervals. The JSQ-33 (HOB) line will be on a 10-minute schedule from approximately 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM

The Port Authority regrets the inconvenience, but wants riders to know the work is critical to install Positive Train Control, an updated safety system that automatically applies a train's brakes if a collision is imminent. The federal government has mandated the system's implementation by a December 2015 deadline. The weekend window also is required to continue ongoing work to remove latent, corrosive salt from the system left by Superstorm Sandy flooding.

Allotting this work time is vital to upgrading PATH to improve current and future service. In addition to safety and security enhancements, this work will provide PATH riders increased reliability in the future, as well as laying the groundwork for increased passenger capacity as early as 2016.

PATH officials are making a concerted effort to inform its passengers of the station closures and alternative travel options, with announcements running in stations every five minutes, PATHVision alerts with increased daily frequency, explanation boards at the WTC and Exchange Place stations, as well as regular PATHAlerts and @PATHTrain Twitter messages. Additional PATH information agents will be at the WTC and Exchange Place stations to provide riders with alternative route information on weekends between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Additionally, PATH has reached agreement with NJ TRANSIT to cross-honor PATH tickets on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail at the Exchange Place, Newport and Hoboken stations during the upcoming weekend closures. PATH officials also have coordinated with NJ TRANSIT and NYC Subway officials about letting their potential connecting customers know of the station outages.

Below are the specific impacts and travel alternatives for riders:

Station Closures

Friday nights, around-the-clock, through Monday mornings, as well as all weekends in 2014, beginning February 14-16, excepting major holiday travel weekends

World Trade Center to Newark (WTC-NWK) and NWK-WTC service
The last departure from WTC is 11:55 p.m., arriving at NWK at 12:17 a.m.
The last departure from NWK is 11:20 p.m., arriving at WTC at 11:42 p.m.

World Trade Center to Hoboken (WTC-HOB) and HOB-WTC service
The last departure from WTC is 10:56 p.m., arriving at HOB at 11:06 p.m.
The last departure from HOB is 11:11 p.m., arriving at WTC at 11:21 p.m.

The World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations will be reopened each Monday at approximately 4:45 a.m. The first departure out of the WTC will be the 5:10 a.m. train to Newark.

The West Concourse at WTC, providing underground connection to Brookfield Place, will remain open and accessible during these weekend outages.

Alternatives for passengers during the 2014 weekend outages

PATH service between New York and New Jersey will continue throughout the scheduled weekend outages. Additional service will be added to the Journal Square-33rd (Hoboken) line in both directions to accommodate additional traffic.

Passengers traveling to Lower Manhattan should use the Journal Square-33rd (Hoboken) and connect to NYC Transit subways or buses (a separate fare is required). Recommended transfer points include the “1” subway train from Christopher Street (exit PATH at Christopher Street), the A/C/E subway trains at West 4th Street (exit PATH at 9th Street) or “2”/”3” subway trains from 14th Street (exit PATH at 14th Street).

The Newark-WTC line only will operate between Newark and Journal Square in both directions. Passengers wishing to go to Grove Street from points east should transfer to the Journal Square-33rd (Hoboken) at Journal Square.

For ferry alerts and advisories, please see the NY Waterway website's alerts and advisories page: http://www.nywaterway.com/AdvisoriesAlerts.aspx

PATH riders also may seek information on alternative service from the Port Authority website, PATHAlerts and Twitter.

Website: http://www.panynj.gov/PATH
Follow us on Twitter: @PATHTrain
PATH service alerts: http://www.PATHAlerts.com/usersubscribe
Toll Free Information Line: 1-800-234-PATH (7284)
Email: PATHCommunity@panynj.gov
Notices: Posted in all PATH stations and on PATHVISION
MTA Information: http://mta.info/nyct

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 the Western Hemisphere. 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 raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.