Date: Dec 13, 2001
Press Release Number: 160-2001
In a move to ease commuting problems caused by the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Port Authority today announced that new entrances will be built at PATH’s Christopher and 9th Street stations in Manhattan to handle overflow conditions created by the closing of the World Trade Center PATH Station.
The bi-state agency’s Board of Commissioners approved a $29.6 million project to build the new entrances, designed to handle the 119 percent increase in ridership at Christopher Street and 139 percent hike at 9th Street since September 11. With the World Trade Center PATH Station closed since September 11, thousands of commuters bound for Lower Manhattan have used Christopher and 9th Street Stations in Manhattan, where they transfer to subways to downtown. The expansion project will take 12 months. A temporary World Trade Center PATH Station is expected to open in approximately two years.
New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “This is a way to deliver short-term relief to thousands of workers and provide access needed to rebuild Lower Manhattan. Transportation is the lifeblood of a dynamic business district, and the transit links serving downtown must be restored and expanded as soon as possible.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “This is a key step in the
rebuilding of Lower Manhattan, which is one of the top priorities for New York. The upgraded transportation infrastructure we put into place will serve as the backbone of the rebuilding efforts that will occur in the downtown area.”
Port Authority Acting Executive Director Ronald Shiftan said, “The advantage of a regional agency like the Port Authority is its ability to use tremendous resources to improve the region’s transportation network. This project is part of our continuing efforts to improve the region’s mass transit system for the benefit of residents in both New York and New Jersey.”
Currently, Christopher and 9th Street stations have only one location where passengers can enter and exit the stations.