Press Release Article


Date: Aug 11, 2003
Press Release Number: 105-2003

Port Authority Marks Milestone in Rebuilding Critical Regional Transportation Link

PATH will open a newly renovated side platform at the system’s Pavonia/Newport station on Sunday, August 10. The reopening of the platform, abandoned by the old Hudson and Manhattan Railroad nearly 50 years ago, marks another milestone in the recovery and rebuilding of the PATH system.

The platform’s reopening at Pavonia/Newport Station follows the recent reopening of Exchange Place on June 29 and continues the Port Authority’s aggressive program to restore and improve PATH service to Lower Manhattan. Construction is well under way on the temporary World Trade Center PATH station. That station will reopen in November, a month ahead of the original schedule.

The reopening of these PATH stations is a key first step in the rebuilding of the region’s transportation system. The Port Authority has identified more than $2 billion in projects in the area of the World Trade Center site to restore and enhance transportation service to and from Lower Manhattan. The projects include construction of a permanent World Trade Center PATH terminal, and east-west and north-south pedestrian connections to link PATH to the subways and ferries.

The side platform – now known as Platform A – will handle train service bound for Hoboken and 33rd Street, while the center platform – Platform B – will handle passengers heading to Exchange Place, Journal Square and Newark. Thirteen thousand travelers use the Pavonia/Newport station daily. This number is expected to increase with the reopening of the World Trade Center station.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"The reopening of the side platform at PATH’s Pavonia Newport station is part of the Port Authority’s ongoing commitment to improving our public transportation system and to providing our customers with the most convenient service possible.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"The completion of this $19 million rehabilitation project is another example of the Port Authority’s dedicated effort to rebuild the area’s infrastructure and revitalizing the region’s economy.\"

PATH General Manager Michael P. DePallo said, \"This is part of our plan to improve access and egress at our stations and to relieve congestion at the Pavonia/Newport Station, which is critical to making sure that our customers have the easiest way to reach their destinations.\"

Platform A will be open daily between 6 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. Platform B will be open 24 hours a day. The side platform was closed in the mid-1950s when the station was part of PATH’s predecessor, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad.

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.

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