Date: Feb 06, 2014
Press Release Number: 33-2014
Work will require closures of WTC and Exchange Place stations up to 45 weekends, but one line between New Jersey and New York will remain in service
PATH Director and General Manager Stephen Kingsberry will outline a major safety and service enhancement initiative that will require closures of the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations for most weekends this year.
Director Kingsberry, along with Deputy Director Mike Marino, will discuss the project and take media questions today at 1 p.m. inside the Exchange Place station entrance at street level in Jersey City.
The work is required to help PATH meet a federal December 2015 deadline to install Positive Train Control, an advanced signal technology that enhances safety by automatically applying a train’s brakes if a collision appears imminent.
PATH also will use the outage times to continue post-Superstorm Sandy cleanup, install a new computerized signal system, make security enhancements and continue routine state-of-good-repair initiatives. PATH would become one of the nation’s first mass-transit systems to install Positive Train Control by meeting this deadline.
PATH officials also will outline alternative ways for riders to get between New Jersey and New York during these weekend station closures.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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