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GOVERNORS MCGREEVEY AND PATAKI TO OPEN WORLD TRADE CENTER PATH STATION ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 - MEDIA ADVISORY

Date: Nov 20, 2003
Press Release Number: 154-2003

Governors to Ride into the Station on the Last PATH Train
To Leave the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001


New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey and New York Governor George E. Pataki will officially open the temporary PATH station at the World Trade Center site on Sunday, November 23, 2003 – restoring a vital transportation link that was severed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The Governors will mark this historic milestone on Sunday by riding from the Exchange Place PATH Station in Jersey City to the World Trade Center site on the same PATH train that was the last to carry people to safety from the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001.

The temporary World Trade Center PATH Station – the final piece of the Port Authority’s $566 million program to restore rail service between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan – is the first construction project to be completed at the World Trade Center site since September 11, 2001. The station also is the first public space to open within the site since the terrorist attacks.

Media wishing to cover the opening should arrive at Exchange Place no later than 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, or at the temporary World Trade Center PATH Station no later than 11 a.m. on Sunday. Media credentials will be required.

There will be a pool for print and broadcast media at three positions:

• In the front of the first car of the PATH train, to film the train’s journey to the World Trade Center site. The broadcast pool will be CNN; the print photo pool will be The Star-Ledger.

• In the PATH car with Governors McGreevey and Pataki. The broadcast pool will be WNBC-TV; the print photo pool will be The Associated Press; the print reporting pool will be The New York Times and The Star-Ledger.

• At the top of the escalators on the concourse level of the temporary World Trade Center PATH Station. The broadcast pool will be CNN; the print photo pool will be The New York Post.

Regular passenger service at the temporary World Trade Center PATH station will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Customers will be allowed to enter the station for free until 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 24.

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Greg Trevor
Steve Coleman
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