Date: Dec 19, 2016
Press Release Number: 251-2016
Riders thanked for their patience and perseverance during weekend service outages
PATH's 33rd Street line once again will be fully operational on weekends, starting Christmas Eve, following the installation of new safety and signalization upgrades. Weekend closures began in early August to enable crews to install state-of-the-art communications equipment and cables, as well as perform additional repair and repainting work.
"We are very pleased to be able to complete this phase of the project on time, and we thank our riders for making the best of what was an inconvenience for many of them," said PATH Director/General Manager Michael Marino. The project included installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) to provide additional safety upgrades for riders.
"This project is vitally important for PATH, as we transition to a state-of-the-art system to allow PATH to increase throughput safety. I applaud the work of Mike Marino and the entire PATH team," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.
During the weekend closures, PATH had been running direct trains between Hoboken and the World Trade Center, and providing shuttle bus service for riders from the WTC to West 29th Street. Those alternative services will be discontinued on weekends starting Dec. 24.
A video explaining PATH's safety and communications system upgrades is available at: http://www.panynj.gov/path/cbtc-ptc-video.html.
"New signal systems are critical to PATH going forward," said Kevin Lejda, assistant superintendent in PATH's Transportation Division. "PTC and CBTC will reduce the likelihood of human or mechanical errors and provide our customers with an additional layer of safety and reliability."
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