Date: Nov 29, 2001
Press Release Number: 151-2001
Acting to ease PATH overcrowding in the wake of September 11 terrorist attacks, the Port Authority is adding extra trains during morning and evening rush hours on the Newark to 33rd Street line. Ridership on the line has increased 150 percent.
“This change will provide some immediate relief to commuters who have experienced severe overcrowding since the destruction of the World Trade Center forced the closing of two PATH stations and diverted thousands of downtown commuters onto PATH lines serving midtown,” said Ronald Shiftan, Acting Executive Director of the Port Authority.
“Our long-term goal is to restore service to the World Trade Center and Exchange Place PATH stations as quickly as possible,” Mr. Shiftan said. “That is a top priority for the agency, and we are working hard to make it happen. In the meantime, we want to do everything possible to improve conditions on our trains. We appreciate the patience our customers have shown while the agency recovers and rebuilds after September 11.”
Mr. Shiftan said that approximately 81,000 weekday commuters use the PATH line that connects Penn Station in Newark to the PATH station at 33rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. But the closing of the World Trade Center PATH station, a main link between New Jersey and lower Manhattan, forced many commuters to use the Newark-33rd Street line to stops such as Christopher Street or 9th Street, where they transfer to subway lines downtown.
The new service will begin on Monday, December 3, when two additional trains will operate from Newark Penn Station to 33rd Street Station between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Two trains also will be added from 33rd Street to Newark Penn Station between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The four, seven-car trains will carry a total of 3,500 additional commuters.
PATH Director/General Manager Michael P. DePallo said, “The loss of the World Trade Center Station was a tremendous blow to the PATH system, forcing us to suspend service to our busiest terminal. Since that time, ridership to and from 33rd Street Station has increased by more than 150 percent. By upgrading power systems along 6th Avenue, we have been able to add more trains without disrupting the existing schedules on other PATH lines.”
Beginning at midnight Sunday, December 2, PATH also will change the routes it operates on weekends to accommodate necessary track work.
Between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, PATH will operate three services: Newark Penn Station to Hoboken (stopping at all stations in between, including Journal Square), Journal Square to 33rd Street in Manhattan; and Hoboken to 33rd Street.
During these times on Saturdays, trains will operate every 15 minutes from Newark to Hoboken and from Hoboken to 33rd Street.
Trains will operate every 10 minutes from Journal Square to 33rd Street. During these times on Sundays, trains will operate every 15 minutes on all three lines.
Between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. on weekends, PATH will continue to operate only one route, from Newark Penn Station to Hoboken and 33rd Street, making all stops in between.