Press Release Article


Date: Jul 20, 2017
Press Release Number: 137-2017

Two key substations that provide power for PATH system to be replaced

Continuing its significant investments to upgrade the century-old PATH line's aging infrastructure, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved two critical state-of-good-repair projects totaling $134.5 million to replace aging substations that supply electric power for the rail system.

The Board approved the replacement of PATH Substation 7 in Jersey City and Substation 9 in Harrison, which provide electric power to trains traveling between Newark and Journal Square. Both substations sustained extensive damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and are more nearly a half-century old. The new Substation 7 will be located on property acquired from Conrail in 2014 and Substation 9 on property acquired from PSE&G in 2016. The new substations will be designed to sit several feet above FEMA flood elevation maps, in accordance with the Port Authority's climate resilience design guidelines. The existing substations will remain in service until the new ones are built and activated.

Both substation projects are largely funded by grants from the Federal Transit Administration. The work will have no impact on the daily operation of the PATH system. Work on both projects is scheduled to begin later this year and be completed by the fall of 2021.

"PATH's role in assisting NJ Transit customers during the summer track work outages at New York's Penn Station has once again shown PATH is a critical lifeline for millions of New York and New Jersey commuters traveling between the two states," said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. "Today's investments in the rail line's aging substation system will help power PATH's trains for decades to come and help accommodate the ever growing numbers of customers traveling between New Jersey and New York."

"Since Superstorm Sandy hit the region in 2012, we've invested hundreds of millions of dollars in repairing and upgrading PATH infrastructure to serve both current and future riders," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "With annual ridership projected to surpass a record 80 million customers in 2017, today's investment will continue our efforts to ensure PATH provides reliable and efficient rail service for decades to come."

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