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MEDIA ADVISORY - FREE PATH RIDES TO PROMOTE MASS TRANSIT AND CELEBRATE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PATH TRIP

Date: Feb 24, 2008
Press Release Number: 19-2008

PA Executives to Hold Media Availability on Monday at Journal Square
From 8 to 8:30 a.m., and at World Trade Center Station from 9 to 9:30 a.m.



To promote mass transit use, the Port Authority will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the PATH trip by offering free rides on Monday, February 25. PATH customers can ride the system for free between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday.

In addition to free rides, PATH staff will distribute vouchers for free SmartLink cards at all 13 PATH stations. The SmartLink card allows customers to access the system by tapping the card on a reader and can be continuously replenished based on customers’ needs.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “PATH and its predecessor railroad have played a critical role in our region’s transportation system for the last 100 years. We are investing $3.3 billion in PATH expansion and modernization to encourage more trans-Hudson commuters to use mass transit, and to meet the region’s demand for safe and efficient travel over the next 100 years.”

Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris said, “For 100 years, PATH has helped make this region great. Today, when the environment is on all of our minds, this still-growing mass transit system will help make the region green for the next 100.”

Port Authority First Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin said, “As we celebrate this milestone in PATH’s history, we look forward to the exciting changes planned for the system - modern stations, new cars, greater capacity. At 100 years young, PATH continues to provide New Jerseyans and New Yorkers with a safe and efficient ride to work, school and leisure activities.”

The Hudson and Manhattan Railroad first opened the mass transit system now known as PATH in February 1908. The Port Authority took over the system from the bankrupt railroad in 1962.

Over the next 10 years, the Port Authority will increase capacity by 25 percent by making an unprecedented investment of $3.3 billion in PATH, including replacing the existing the entire fleet, adding more cars, upgrading and modernizing all PATH stations and lengthening trains on the Newark-to-World Trade Center line.


CONTACT: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Candace McAdams, 212 435-7777, cmcadams@panynj.gov
Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777, scoleman@panynj.gov


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