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PATH’S JUNE RIDERSHIP NUMBERS WERE HIGHEST ON RECORD

Date: Jul 28, 2016
Press Release Number: 135-2016

Ridership system-wide increased 5.5 percent over the first six months of 2016, compared to the same period last year

PATH ridership in June reached its highest monthly total ever, with nearly 7 million people entering the turnstiles system-wide – a 3.6 percent increase over June 2015, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced today.

Additionally, PATH reported its average weekday ridership of 277,946 in June also was the highest for any month on record, reflecting a 4.1-percent increase from June 2015. The stations that experienced the highest percentage increases in average weekday ridership in June compared to June 2015 were Christopher Street, Grove Street, Harrison and Exchange Place. On weekends, the Harrison, World Trade Center, Grove Street and Exchange Place stations experienced the biggest increases in average ridership.

Year-to-date, total system-wide ridership is 5.5 percent higher than the same period in 2015, with average weekday ridership increasing by 5.4 percent, and average Saturday ridership increasing by 2.2 percent.

PATH officials attributed the record-setting increases primarily to continued economic growth, an improving regional employment picture and a larger-than-normal number of tourists and sightseers, due to the improved economy and relatively good weather so far this year.

“As the traveling public increases its reliance on PATH, we renew our commitment to providing service that maintains the highest levels of safety and efficiency,” said PATH Director/General Manager Michael Marino.

The record-setting numbers come at a time PATH is working to improve safety and increase capacity throughout the system. As part of a comprehensive, federally-mandated safety initiative to install a new computerized signal system for better passenger service and safety, weekend PATH service on the 33rd Street line in Manhattan will be suspended starting Aug 6.

The project’s centerpiece is the 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 work time is vital to upgrading PATH to improve 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.

Further updates, bus maps and details will be provided as available through the Port Authority’s website,www.panynj.gov/PATH.

Contact:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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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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