Date: Dec 13, 2001
Press Release Number: 161-2001
Addressing a critical need to relieve crowded conditions at a key New Jersey PATH Station, the Port Authority announced today that it would build a new entrance at the Grove Street Station in Jersey City, to handle some of the 15,000 weekday passengers who previously used the closed Exchange Place Station.
The bistate agency’s Board of Commissioners today approved a $14.6 million project to build the new access, designed to handle the 75 percent increase in ridership at Grove Street Station since September 11. Thousands of commuters bound for office buildings in the Exchange Place neighborhood now take PATH trains to Grove Street Station and then transfer to shuttle buses. The expansion project at Grove Street Station will take 12 months.
Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco said, “Delivering convenient, on-time public transit to the residents of New Jersey is a critical part of the Port Authority’s recovery effort from the events of September 11. Improvements like those we are making at Grove Street Station will help address some of the overcrowded conditions on the system and provide travel-weary commuters with much-needed relief.”
Port Authority Acting Executive Director Ronald Shiftan said, “Restoring and upgrading the PATH rail transit system is the top priority for the Port Authority post- September 11.”
Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra said, “Despite the events of September 11, the Port Authority has the resources and the will to deliver a world-class transportation network for the New York-New Jersey region.”
The new Grove Street Station entrance will be added at the intersection of Christopher Columbus Drive and Marin Boulevard.