Date: Mar 27, 2002
Press Release Number: 27-2002
Plans Call for Temporary Station to Open by the End of 2003,
Providing Key Mass Transit Service for Tens of Thousands of Commuters
Moving to reopen a critical mass transit hub for tens of thousands of New York and New Jersey commuters, New York Governor George E. Pataki and New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey announced today the start of preliminary work needed to rebuild a temporary PATH station on the World Trade Center site.
Work crews from the partnership of Yonkers Contracting Co., Tully Construction and A. J. Pegno Construction have begun site preparation work and surveys needed for new construction at the Exchange Place PATH Station, and in the two tunnels between Exchange Place and the World Trade Center. In addition, purchase orders for items such as running rail, electrical cables, signal components and other special equipment have been issued to the contractor.
New York Governor Pataki, who announced the PATH initiatives in December, said, “This is the start of an historic shift from cleanup and removal to rebuilding. New York, which inspired the world with its heroism on September 11 and in the days that followed, will set an example once again by restoring the transportation network that serves Lower Manhattan and making the downtown business dynamo even stronger.”
New Jersey Governor McGreevey said, “Reopening PATH service to Lower Manhattan as well as Exchange Place in Jersey City is vital to thousands of New Jersey residents who rely on PATH for their daily commute. Restoration of full PATH service will also ease overcrowding on commuter trains and on the highways. The start of construction of a temporary PATH station is a milestone toward addressing the destruction of 9/11.”
Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra said, “We are strongly committed to completing this critically important mass transit project as quickly as possible. The Port Authority plays a unique role in shaping the region’s transportation network, and the agency clearly has the engineering and technical expertise to make this project a tremendous success.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “The economic future of Lower Manhattan hinges on the swift restoration of the region’s transportation systems. This preliminary work will keep us on track to have PATH service restored quickly, which will continue to reinvigorate the downtown area.”
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “We remain on target to restore vital PATH service to Lower Manhattan within two years. In addition, this work also will allow us to fulfill our commitment to reopen the PATH Exchange Place station in Jersey City within 18 months, restoring public transit access to Hudson County’s waterfront office buildings and to ferries destined for Manhattan.”
Removal of damaged track and infrastructure in the two PATH tunnels, which were flooded after the September 11 attacks, has recently started and will continue around the clock. This initial construction activity is being performed away from the World Trade Center site.
Following completion of operations to recover victims at the World Trade Center site, reconstruction efforts will be expanded and intensified.
In addition to constructing a new temporary PATH station for Lower Manhattan, the $544 million program also provides for restoring two PATH tunnels under the Hudson River, expanding the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City, and building new crossovers that will allow PATH trains to cross between tunnels at Exchange Place. The new crossovers will allow the Exchange Place station to reopen in 18 months.
Prior to September 11, the PATH World Trade Center station handled approximately 66,000 daily passengers.