Press Release Article


Date: Jul 14, 2016
Press Release Number: 126-2016

The Port Authority has added a fifth open house for the public to learn more about the planned suspension of weekend 33rd Street PATH line service, starting Aug. 6 and running through mid-December, for the installation of federally mandated safety and service upgrades.

PATH officials will host the July 26 meeting at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue (at West 33rd Street), from 6-8 p.m. as part of the PATH Education Series ‘Open House’ events.

The first meeting was held July 13 in Hoboken. The remaining three New Jersey sessions are as follows:

Jersey City:

  • Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hudson County Community College, 70 Sip Ave.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Phoenix, 100 Town Square Pl.


  • Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the A.J. Demarest School, 158 4th St.
  • The PATH 33rd Street line upgrade is part of a multi-phased approach to improve the system and provide riders more frequent rush hour service. Additional weekend closures on the system may be necessary next year, on a schedule to be announced.

At the center of the project is installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), an updated safety-enhanced system that the federal government has mandated be completed by the end of 2018. Allotting this weekend work time is essential to improving current and future service. In addition to safety enhancements, this work will provide PATH riders increased reliability in the future, as well as lay the groundwork for increased passenger capacity.

As part of the Port Authority’s 10-Year Capital Plan, PATH also will upgrade the signal system with Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), which continuously calculates and communicates a train’s exact position, speed, travel direction and safe braking distance. Trains then will be capable of running more frequently and closer together, leading to a projected increase in rush hour service on PATH lines. Additionally, the CBTC system also will allow for further enhancements such as real time information in PATH stations.

A video explaining PATH’s PTC/CBTC system is now available at Further updates, bus maps and details related to the service suspensions will be provided as available through the Port Authority’s website,

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