Date: Jun 12, 2001
Press Release Number: 89-2001
PATH’s World Trade Center Station – which serves 25 percent of the rapid transit system’s daily riders – is getting a $20 million makeover, the first step in a $1.04 billion program of PATH improvements that will include a new fleet of PATH cars, a new signal system to improve service and improvements at additional PATH stations.
Work began this week at the World Trade Center Station, the busiest in the 13-mile system that links New York and New Jersey. The four-year project will improve directional signs, install a new public address system to improve the quality of announcements – a frequent source of customer complaints – and make the station brighter and more appealing.
Work also has just begun on a $15.7 million, 18-month project to provide additional capacity at Pavonia/Newport Station, one of the fastest growing on the PATH system that serves 13,300 riders each day. The project involves the reopening of the station’s side platform to accommodate increased ridership. Major work is being performed during off-peak hours to minimize impacts to customers.
PATH work is a key element of the Port Authority’s recently approved five-year capital program, which will lead to $14 billion in investments in transportation in New York and New Jersey.
Port Authority Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg said, “Providing dependable mass transit in this region is essential to improve mobility and allow the economy to flourish. PATH has been nationally recognized for the service it provides and these improvements will ensure that it maintains that reputation.”
Port Authority Executive Director Neil D. Levin said, “This project is part of PATH’s most ambitious investment program since the Port Authority took over the system in 1962. Every PATH car will be replaced or rehabilitated, a new state-of-the-art signal system will be installed and improvements will be made to a number of stations. The result is that we will be able to provide more dependable service for the 260,000 riders who rely on the system each day.”
PATH Director/General Manager Michael P. DePallo said, “The World Trade Center Station is our busiest, serving 67,000 passengers each day. This is just the beginning of the station improvements we plan to do under our $1.04 billion capital program, and we will announce additional work in upcoming months.”
At the World Trade Center station, the first phase of work will be done on the mezzanine level. It will cost $10 million and take two years to complete. The ceilings and lighting will be replaced, and a new public address system and signs will be installed.
When the mezzanine level is finished in the summer of 2003, similar work will be done on the station’s platform level. During the project, there will be minimal disruption to PATH riders.
The World Trade Center Station project is one component of PATH’s capital program, which includes the replacement or rehabilitation of all 340 PATH cars, a new fare collection system and installation of a new signal system.