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PATH JULY 4TH WEEKEND AND FERRY SERVICE ADVISORY - WORLD TRADE CENTER AND EXCHANGE PLACE PATH STATIONS TO REMAIN OPEN FRIDAY, JULY 4, INTO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING

Date: Jul 03, 2014
Press Release Number: 140-2014

Altering this weekend’s PATH rail work schedule will accommodate travelers viewing either New York City Macy’s or Jersey City Fireworks

PATH riders traveling to New York City and Jersey City for the Fourth of July evening fireworks will be able to use the World Trade Center (WTC) and Exchange Place stations on Friday night into early Saturday morning, with ongoing work briefly suspended to accommodate the expected large crowds.

The WTC and Exchange Street PATH stations then will close throughout the remainder of the weekend to accommodate the ongoing work, beginning at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday morning and reopening for the Monday morning return-to-work rush hours. Alternative ferry service between Jersey City and Lower Manhattan will operate on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, July 4, two service lines will run: The Journal Square-33rd Street (via Hoboken) line will be operating every 10 minutes for most of the day and the World Trade Center-Newark line will run every 15 minutes for most of the day, making stops at Exchange Place and the WTC stations. Riders are encouraged to check for weekend schedule changes posted on the Port Authority website, PATHAlerts and Twitter, as well as on the Toll Free Information Line: 1-800-234-PATH (7284).

Extensive PATH rail work to implement a federal safety mandate and continue post-Superstorm Sandy desalination efforts has been ongoing during weekends this year

for an array of projects, including but not limited to post-Sandy desalination, track repairs, life safety/security work, lighting and communications, as well as recovering schedule time lost due to Superstorm Sandy to implement Positive Train Control safety improvements.

PATH riders are able to travel between New Jersey and New York from all other PATH stations on weekends, including Grove Street, Newport and Journal Square in Jersey City. Riders from Newark and Harrison will need to transfer at Journal Square for trips into New York. On weekends, service between New Jersey and New York will run on the Journal Square to 33rd Street (via Hoboken) line during the closures of the WTC and Exchange Place stations, with increased service and decreased wait times. Ferries will remain as an alternative means of transportation across the Hudson River.

Unless stated otherwise, riders who would normally use PATH between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan on weekends can use alternative ferry service that is available on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in New York.

The ferry is for PATH weekend riders as an alternative to service typically provided at the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations. The ferry fare will be the same as a PATH ride, $2.50 one-way, or $5.00 roundtrip, paid via cash, credit or debit card at either terminal ticketing booth. This cost is below the typical cost of a ferry ride across the Hudson River. Children age five and under ride free. Riders can also board with bicycles, and will be subject to the ferry's additional $1.00 charge.

Additionally, passengers can now purchase weekend PATH and ferry tickets using the NY Waterways Smartphone App. The mobile ticketing app is available as a free download for iPhones and Android phones. Tickets purchased through the mobile ticketing app are activated by passengers immediately in advance of boarding, whereupon a boarding pass will be displayed on the passenger’s phone. Purchasing tickets through the mobile ticketing app is a great way for riders to avoid lines at ticketing booths.

Travel time between terminals is approximately seven minutes and ferries will depart every 15 minutes, beginning with the 8 a.m. departure from Paulus Hook. The last ferry will depart Paulus Hook at 9:45 p.m. and the World Financial Ferry Terminal at 9:53 p.m. One boat will be traveling back and forth between these two terminals.

Those needing to connect to PATH trains may go to the Grove Street station – which is approximately a 12-minute walk and the closest open PATH station from the Paulus Hook Terminal. The closest entrance to PATH is at the intersection of Christopher Columbus and Marin Boulevard. Please note, Grove Street does not have an elevator and is not ADA-accessible.

Newport, another nearby station, is ADA-accessible and equipped with elevators. To get to Newport, you can take the NJ Transit Light Rail from Exchange Place to Newport. NJ Transit is cross-honoring PATH passengers who show their SmartLink card or Metrocard. As an alternative, passengers can walk north on Washington Boulevard to the Newport station, which is about a 20-minute walk.

For those traveling from Manhattan to Jersey City, the World Trade Center Ferry Terminal is located at end of Vesey Street on the Hudson River, in close proximity to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 2, 3, E and R subway trains and M20 and M22 buses.

Below are the specific impacts and travel alternatives for riders for this weekend only:

World Trade Center to Newark (WTC-NWK) and NWK-WTC service:
The last departure from WTC is 2:15 a.m. Saturday, July 5, arriving at NWK at 2:40 a.m.
The last departure from NWK is 1:40 a.m. Saturday July 5, arriving at WTC at 2:05 a.m.

With the WTC and Exchange Place stations closed, service during the remainder of Saturday, July 5, will run on the Journal Square to 33rd Street (via Hoboken) line at 10 minute intervals. On Sunday, the line will operate at 10-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations will be reopened each Monday at approximately 4:45 a.m. The first departure out of the WTC will be the 5:10 a.m. train to Newark.

For ferry alerts and advisories, please see the NY Waterway website's alerts and advisories page: http://www.nywaterway.com/AdvisoriesAlerts.aspx

Riders are encouraged to check for schedule changes which are posted on the Port Authority website, PATHAlerts and Twitter, and are also available on the Toll Free Information Line: 1-800-234-PATH (7284).

PATH riders also may seek information on alternative service from the Port Authority Website, PATHAlerts and Twitter.

Website: http://www.panynj.gov/PATH
Follow us on Twitter: @PATHTrain
PATH service alerts: http://www.PATHAlerts.com/usersubscribe
Toll Free Information Line: 1-800-234-PATH (7284)
Email: PATHCommunity@panynj.gov
Notices: Posted in all PATH stations and on PATHVISION
MTA Information: http://mta.info/nyct

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