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PATH WTC STATION WILL BE CLOSED MOST WEEKENDS DURING 2019-2020 TO REPAIR DAMAGE TO TUNNELS AND EQUIPMENT CAUSED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Date: Dec 05, 2018
Press Release Number: 185-2018

Station scheduled to close 45 weekends each year with service on Newark-WTC line terminating at Exchange Place Station; permanent repairs follow implementation of PTC ahead of federal deadline

Riders will be given free transfers to daytime weekend ferry service between Exchange Place and Lower Manhattan; overnight service on Journal Square-33rd Street line will be increased


Beginning in January 2019 and running through December 2020, PATH’s World Trade Center Station will be closing each weekend, except for holiday weekends, to replace equipment and rebuild tunnels severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy. The station will close at 12:01 a.m. on Saturdays, starting January 5, 2019, and will reopen the following Monday at 5 a.m. after each weekend of work.

During repairs, which include replacing PATH track, third rail, electrical, signal and communications infrastructure in the tunnels below the Hudson River, PATH weekend service to World Trade Center will terminate at the Exchange Place Station.

Free transfers for ferry service to and from Brookfield Place Ferry Terminal will be available for affected customers at the nearby Harborside Ferry Landing in Jersey City each Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Service on the Journal Square-33rd Street line via Hoboken will follow a regular weekend schedule, with additional service provided during the overnight hours when the ferry is not in operation.

Customers should visit www.panynj.gov/StayOnTrack or download the RidePATH app for train and ferry schedules and updates.

“The important work we’ve scheduled over the next two years not only provides needed repairs to our current system, but will better protect PATH facilities from the impact of future storms and ultimately keep our millions of customers moving,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole.

“Superstorm Sandy devastated this region, causing unprecedented damage to the PATH rail system,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “PATH is a critical lifeline between New York and New Jersey and this investment is critical to keeping it operating safely and efficiently.”

Superstorm Sandy caused massive flooding that decimated vital PATH signal and switch systems in 2012. At the World Trade Center site, corrosive salt water ruined much of the underground electrical and mechanical systems. To keep the system running, PATH initiated weekend closures and service adjustments in 2014.

The upcoming weekend repairs were deferred for installation of Positive Train Control, which has been completed before the federally mandated December 2018 deadline and was recently certified by the Federal Railroad Administration. PTC installation required more than four months of weekend PATH station closures in both 2016 and 2018, delaying the start of the new round of weekend Sandy-related tunnel repairs.

“We understand the loss of the WTC PATH station on weekends will cause hardship and inconvenience for many of our customers, but these repairs are vitally important to our continuing effort to overcome the worst storm we’ve experienced here in our lifetimes,” said PATH General Manager/Director Michael Marino.

The permanent repair work is essential to providing a safer, more reliable and more efficient system for riders. In addition to the recently completed PTC work, PATH is working on the implementation of Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), which is designed to decrease wait times between trains and ease overcrowding.

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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