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PATH IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE AS PORT AUTHORITY SEEKS IDEAS TO TRANSFORM BUSTLING JOURNAL SQ. TRANSPORTATION CENTER FROM TRANSIT HUB TO NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATION

Date: Aug 14, 2019
Press Release Number: 127-2019

Concepts could include rail station improvements to platforms that improve safety, increase capacity, and accommodate longer trains

Redevelopment would spur job creation while serving as both a transportation and commercial epicenter


Seeking best-in-class ideas and concepts to deliver enhanced amenities and services at one of PATH’s major transit facilities, the Port Authority announced today the issuance of a Request for Information (RFI) for the redevelopment of the Journal Square Transportation Center (JSTC), an 8.85-acre transportation hub in Jersey City, NJ.

The centrally located site – which was originally designed to meet the 1970’s era neighborhood and transportation network requirements – is an important transfer station for passengers. The transportation center provides access to all 13 PATH stations and serves seven different bus operators.

The RFI will seek input on redeveloping and reconfiguring the site to enhance the customer experience for commuters, create a mixed-use neighborhood destination, and invest in critical public transportation improvements. The Port Authority welcomes ideas and concepts from firms that specialize in designing, developing, and operating mixed-use projects with enhanced retail experiences. In keeping with the recently released PATH Improvement Plan, the Port Authority welcomes redevelopment concepts that increase vertical circulation access points to ease the flow of PATH passengers down to the platforms and to address potential future longer train lengths and increased passenger loads.

“The Journal Square Transportation Center is one of the busiest transit hubs in the country, and we look forward to seeing proposals for the site that advance the Port Authority’s goals of increasing train capacity, reducing delays and improving customer experience on PATH,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “As Jersey City continues to grow, the Port Authority is committed to bringing reliable service and a state-of-the-art transportation hub to riders who live, work or travel through Journal Square.”

“PATH’s century-old transit system needs significant upgrades, including many of its stations,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “This RFI presents a unique public-private opportunity at PATH’s Journal Square station to enhance the customer experience for commuters, create a mixed-use neighborhood destination, and invest in critical public transportation improvements.”

Additionally, this initiative to upgrade Journal Square complements the agency’s commitment to expanding capacity, reducing delays, and enhancing the customer experience set out in the PATH Improvement Plan which takes a comprehensive and forward-thinking approach to addressing the system’s challenges and outlines deliverables for improved service. The plan includes three core elements: specific steps to increase capacity on the Newark-WTC line by 40 percent and all other lines by 20 percent by 2022; a six-point plan to reduce system delays; and a series of actions to improve customer experience including full integration with the MTA’s new tap-and-go fare payment system, OMNY.

The Port Authority continues to expand community outreach efforts, ensuring that ambitious projects such as the potential redevelopment of the Journal Square Transportation Center provide meaningful opportunities for local businesses, MWBE businesses and jobseekers alike.

Respondents are encouraged to submit ideas and concepts for either the commercial and public space segments, or both by October 11, 2019. The RFI is available here.

Contact:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

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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