Press Release Article
PORT AUTHORITY URGES COMMUTERS TO TAKE PATH, FERRY WHEN RETURNING TO WORK ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Date: Sep 16, 2001
Press Release Number: 131-2001
Commuters returning to work tomorrow will have several public transportation options to travel into New York from New Jersey, including frequent service on PATH’s rapid transit system, the New York Waterway ferry and NJ Transit buses.
PATH will operate a normal schedule to midtown Manhattan. But because there is no downtown service, heavy crowding is expected.
“Monday will not be a normal commuting day,” said PATH Director/General Manager Michael P. DePallo. “We will do our best to accommodate our loyal customers in the best manner possible. We strongly urge our customers to have patience when using our service, and to consider trying the ferry as an alternate form of transportation.
“We also encourage businesses that operate in both states to consider staggering their employees’ hours to allow the transportation network to better serve everyone,” Mr. DePallo said.
For commuters traveling to midtown, PATH will provide the following service, which will run approximately every five minutes during peak travel periods:
- The Hoboken to 33rd Street Service will make stops at Christopher Street, 9th Street, 14th Street, 23rd Street and 33rd Street.
- The Newark to 33rd Street service will make stops at Harrison, Journal Square, Grove Street, Pavonia/Newport, Christopher Street, 9th Street, 14th
Street, 23rd Street and 33rd Street.
- The Journal Square to Hoboken service will make stops at Grove Street, Pavonia/Newport and Hoboken.
The World Trade Center and Exchange Place PATH stations remain closed. Commuters can reach the Exchange Place business district by taking PATH to Pavonia/Newport station and transfer to NJ Transit’s Hudson-Bergen light rail line.
The best option for travelers heading to the Wall Street area is the New York Waterway ferry, which will provide frequent ferry service from Hoboken and Exchange Place to Pier 11, which is south of the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan.
PATH commuters can travel to the 33rd Street Station in Manhattan and walk to New York Penn Station to transfer to the A, 2 and 3 subway lines for travel to lower Manhattan.
- For commuters who must drive, the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges, the Outerbridge Crossing and the Lincoln Tunnel will be open for travel on Monday. The Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station are open. The Holland Tunnel, which is being used for emergency services, will remain closed.
“With the Holland Tunnel closed, traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel will be particularly heavy tomorrow morning,” said Ken Philmus, the Port Authority’s Director of Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals. “Travelers to midtown should make every effort to use public transportation whenever possible. Any attempt to drive into lower Manhattan is strongly discouraged. We strongly encourage travelers to use the George Washington Bridge if possible, unless public transportation is an option.”
The Staten Island Expressway continues to be used as an emergency corridor with one of the three travel lanes reserved for emergency vehicles. Travelers should use the Outerbridge Crossing and Bayonne Bridge if possible instead of the Goethals Bridge.
“Travelers should exercise patience at all Port Authority tunnels and bridges since police will continue to randomly conduct vehicle checks for security purposes. Commercial vehicle operators are strongly encouraged not to travel over Port Authority crossings during peak travel periods,” Mr. Philmus said. “This will clearly not be a normal commuting day.”