Reopening of Station, Closed Since 9/11 Terror Attacks, Will Improve Commute For Thousands Traveling to and from Lower Manhattan
PATH service to the Exchange Place Station in Jersey City – a key station in the bistate rapid-transit rail system – will resume on June 29, 21 months after it was closed by the September 11 terror attacks.
In addition, the Port Authority is making plans to enhance ferry service between Exchange Place and two locations in Lower Manhattan – the World Financial Center on the Hudson River and Pier 11 at Wall Street on the East River. The Port Authority estimates that commuters can save up to 10 to 15 minutes by taking PATH to Exchange Place and convenient ferry service to Lower Manhattan compared to other transportation options for making the same trip.
New York Governor George E. Pataki said, \"The reopening of this key PATH station is a major milestone as we move closer to restoring this vital service to Lower Manhattan. When PATH trains return to the World Trade Center site by the end of this year, it will restore a critical component of the nation’s most extensive transportation network.\"
New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, \"Reopening the Exchange Place Station will restore a critical transportation link for New Jersey commuters. Prior to the September 11 attacks, 16,000 passenger trips were made from the station each day. The resumption of service at Exchange Place also will strengthen our efforts to revitalize the regional economy as we continue to rebuild the infrastructure damaged in the attacks.\"
Port Authority Board Chairman Jack G. Sinagra said, \"For more than 40 years, the PATH system has been a critical component of an integrated mass-transit system that provided a basis for economic activity in the region. The reopening of Exchange Place will restore a vital link in the region’s transportation network and help with the continuing effort to rebuild Lower Manhattan.\"
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"Following the September 11 attacks, we moved swiftly and decisively to restore key transportation links vital to maintaining the region’s strong economy. This unprecedented effort will result in the reopening of the Exchange Place Station this June, which begins the process of restoring mass transit service to the World Trade Center site.\"
When service resumes to Exchange Place, PATH will restore routes similar to ones the system operated prior to September 11, 2001. They are: Newark to Exchange Place; Journal Square to 33rd Street; Hoboken to 33rd Street; and Exchange Place to Hoboken. Under the routes, Newark PATH commuters traveling to 33rd Street will change trains in Journal Square. To minimize transfer time, the inbound Newark trains will be timed to meet the Journal Square to 33rd Street trains. The transfer will add approximately 2 minutes to passengers’ one-way commute.
When the terror attacks destroyed PATH’s World Trade Center Station, which resulted in the tunnels leading into and out of New York becoming flooded, there was no operational way to get PATH trains into and out of Exchange Place in a timely fashion. To allow service to be restored to Exchange Place, new crossover tunnels were built, along with new track work, to allow trains to travel into and out of the station on the
correct track. In addition, a new modern signal system is being installed in Exchange Place, as well as new tile and lighting. The escalators and elevators in the station are being rehabilitated.
When the station reopens in June, PATH estimates that more than 8,000 daily passenger trips will be made from the station, including several thousand transferring to and from Lower Manhattan ferry services.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.Editor’s note: Media representatives who want to film the ongoing work at the Exchange Place Station will have the opportunity to do so between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. today, April 9. Media should report to the guard house near the Exchange Place Station entrance to be escorted to the PATH platforms and tunnels.