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PATH PLANNING JULY 27 FACEBOOK LIVE PRESENTATION ON UPCOMING SUSPENSION OF WEEKEND 33RD STREET LINE SERVICE

Date: Jul 25, 2016
Press Release Number: 134-2016

PATH will be Facebook livestreaming interviews with key officials as part of an ongoing effort to provide the public with the most up-to-date information on the PATH capital plan and the suspension of weekend service on the 33rd Street line for federally mandated service and safety improvements, starting Aug. 6.

The live feed is scheduled to begin at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 27 and will run about 45 minutes. Viewers can access it through http://www.facebook.com/panynj.

The session is the latest in the PATH Education Series and will feature insights from PATH Director/General Manager Mike Marino and Assistant Superintendent Kevin Lejda. They will provide background on the weekend service suspension plan, outline alternative travel options for affected passengers, and discuss the installation of federally mandated communications equipment to upgrade service and safety. There also will be a Q&A period for viewers to ask questions.

Weekend service suspensions on the 33rd Street line are expected to run through mid-December. PATH has held four public meetings in New Jersey on the upcoming closures and a fifth is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Avenue (at West 33rd Street) in New York.

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 available at http://www.panynj.gov/path/cbtc-ptc-video.html. Further updates, bus maps and details related to the service suspensions will be provided as available through the Port Authority’s website, www.panynj.gov/PATH.

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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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. 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 raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.


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