THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY TO UPDATE PUBLIC ON PLANNED WEEKEND SERVICE SUSPENSIONS, SAFETY AND SERVICE UPGRADES FOR 33rd STREET PATH LINE

Date: Jul 07, 2016
Press Release Number: 120-2016

Open house events, part of PATH Capital Plan 2016 update, scheduled this month for Jersey City and Hoboken ahead of closures starting in August

The Port Authority has scheduled a series of informational meetings later this month for the public to learn more about PATH’s 2016 Capital Plan, notably the planned suspension of weekend service on the 33rd Street PATH line starting Aug. 6 to accommodate installation of federally mandated safety and service upgrades.

As part of the PATH Education Series, four meetings have been scheduled starting Wednesday, July 13, and running through the end of the month. Those planning to attend need to register in advance, and can do so at www.panynj.gov/path/pes. PATH officials also are looking into adding a fifth meeting, to be held in New York.

The sessions will explain the federally mandated safety and service enhancements that are driving the decision to suspend weekend service on the 33rd Street line, which is expected to run through December with the exception of major holidays. In addition, the agency will present alternate travel options and detail additional services for travelers affected by service suspensions.

The educational meetings are scheduled as follows:

Hoboken:

Jersey City:

The PATH 33rd Street line upgrade is part of a multi-phased approach to improve the system and provide riders more frequent rush hour service. Additional weekend closures on the system may be necessary next year, on a schedule to be announced.

At the center of the project is installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), an updated safety-enhanced system that the federal government has mandated be completed by the end of 2018. Allotting this weekend work time is essential to improving current and future service. In addition to safety enhancements, this work will provide PATH riders increased reliability in the future, as well as lay the groundwork for increased passenger capacity.

As part of the Port Authority’s 10-Year Capital Plan, PATH also will upgrade the signal system with Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), which continuously calculates and communicates a train’s exact position, speed, travel direction and safe braking distance. Trains then will be capable of running more frequently and closer together, leading to a projected increase in rush hour service on PATH lines. Additionally, the CBTC system also will allow for further enhancements such as real time information in PATH stations.

A video explaining PATH’s PTC/CBTC system is now available at www.panynj.gov/path/cbtc-ptc-video.html. Further updates, bus maps and details related to the service suspensions will be provided as available through the Port Authority’s website, www.panynj.gov/PATH.

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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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.