Date: Apr 05, 2001
Press Release Number: 55-2001
In a historic investment in the PATH rapid transit system, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved the first phase of a $1 billion program that will replace or rehabilitate all 340 cars in the aging PATH fleet and provide a new signal system that will improve service reliability.
The Board authorized PATH to begin planning work for the massive project, the biggest investment in PATH since the Port Authority acquired what was then known as the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad in 1962. As part of the planning, PATH will explore ways to change the design of the cars to make them more comfortable and reliable, and examine innovative technologies that will improve the system\'s operational capabilities.
Acting New Jersey Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco said, \"Safe, reliable public transportation is critical for the people of New Jersey. It strengthens the economy, and it improves the quality of life by providing alternatives to congested highways. The planned improvements to PATH ensure it will serve New Jersey commuters for years to come.\"
Port Authority Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg said, \"PATH is one of the most important public transportation systems in the region. By making these improvements, the Port Authority is investing directly in better commutes for hundreds of thousands of riders a day.\"
Incoming Port Authority Executive Director Neil D. Levin said, \"This investment means a more reliable ride and better on-time service. We will be providing state-of-the-art cars to replace cars that are, in many cases, more than 35 years old and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.\"
PATH Director/General Manager Michael P. DePallo said PATH\'s existing signal system is approximately 32 years old, with some components dating back 90 years.
\"This new signal system will provide PATH with the most modern and efficient train control technology available. This will translate into more effective and reliable service for our customers for years to come,\" Mr. DePallo said.
Mr. DePallo said he expects the rail car and signal system upgrades to be completed in seven years.