Press Release Article


Date: Aug 04, 2016
Press Release Number: 137-2016

PATH riders using the 33rd Street line on weekends are urged to consider alternate travel options due to weekend service changes beginning Saturday, Aug. 6 at 12:10 a.m., for the installation of federally mandated service and safety improvements.

The service suspensions are scheduled to run until Dec. 19 and will mean the stoppage of weekend service during that time from Hoboken to 33rd Street, and the closure of Sixth Avenue PATH stations at Christopher Street, 9th Street, 14th Street, 23rd Street and 33rd Street. Service will be suspended each Saturday at 12:10 a.m. and resume each Monday at 5 a.m. with the normal daily schedule.

Service will not be suspended during the following holiday weekends: Labor Day (Sept. 3-5), Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11-13) and Thanksgiving (Nov. 24-27).

To ease the impact of service disruptions, PATH is adding weekend service between Hoboken and the World Trade Center and will institute free bus shuttle service temporarily for affected commuters from the WTC to West 29th Street along Sixth Avenue. Detailed updates, bus maps and other information related to the service suspensions are available through the Port Authority’s website,

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, closer together and more safely, 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

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