Date: Jan 02, 2013
Press Release Number: 1-2013
Changes to weekend service will expedite post-Sandy storm repairs
Seeking to return 24/7 PATH rail service as quickly as possible, the Port Authority will run service this weekend from Newark, New Jersey to the-World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan while crews work on repairs between Hoboken and 33rd Street.
PATH's Newark to World Trade Center train line, which includes stops at Harrison, Journal Square, Grove Street and Exchange Place in New Jersey will be operating from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. During this period, PATH will suspend service from Newark to 33rd Street, via Hoboken.
The Port Authority anticipates the change in weekend service will help restore 24-hour service in seven to ten days. Workers can make repairs to the PATH system significantly faster when power to third rails is turned off, with no trains running in active construction zones. As first announced by the agency prior to the start of the holiday season, a weekend of suspended service provides PATH crews with 48 hours or more of uninterrupted work time, which in turn has been helping to shave several days off of the recovery schedule for 24/7 service.
The storm damage to equipment throughout the PATH system was enormous. Salt water that poured into the Hoboken tunnels shorted out electrical systems and corroded decades-old equipment, rendering much of it inoperable. Fixing the system has required complicated staging operations, following the extensive pumping of water from the station and connected tunnels along with restoration of power in the first days of recovery. Damage assessments of signals, switches and tracks followed, with removal of destroyed equipment and ongoing efforts to get certain replacement parts manufactured. Thousands of wires to signals and switching equipment need replacement, with each individual wire requiring subsequent safety testing.
The Port Authority will provide free shuttle buses operated by Academy Bus at the Hoboken and Newport PATH stations, which will bring passengers to Grove Street, where they can access the Newark-WTC line. The loop between Newport and Grove Street will run every five minutes or less, with service every 15 minutes between Hoboken and Grove Street.
Weekend PATH customers traveling between New Jersey and Manhattan can use the MTA’s subway lines near the World Trade Center PATH line for travel to Uptown Manhattan locations and back. Nearby subway lines include the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E and R trains.
The R train is at the Cortlandt Street station across Church Street from the World Trade Center. The A, C and E trains can be accessed at the Chambers Street Station, with various entrances along Church Street. The 2 and 3 lines are available just north of the WTC site at the Park Place Station at the intersection with Church Street. And the 1 line is available at Chambers and West Broadway. The MTA schedule is subject to change. For up-to-date information, please visit www.mta.info.
Alternatively, NJ Transit trains offer weekend Midtown service to New York Penn Station, while various bus lines also operate weekends between New Jersey and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Cross-Hudson River ferry service also is available from New Jersey to Midtown on the city’s West Side. For example, Waterway operates ferry services from Weehawken, Hoboken/14th Street, and Lincoln Harbor, New Jersey to 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan on the weekends. Connecting shuttle bus service is available in Manhattan and New Jersey. For more information on schedules, visit http://www.nywaterway.com/WeekendSchedule.aspx.
Additionally, Port Authority customer service representatives will be available at PATH stations during this weekend to help riders find their way with a minimum of inconvenience.
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.