Date:  Apr 24, 2019

Press Release Number:  61


Testing begins shortly before midnight, Thursday, April 25; customers may experience periods of smoke in the PATH fare zone area and brief power outages
The Port Authority will conduct a mandatory test of life safety systems in the World Trade Center Oculus and PATH fare zone area beginning at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. It is expected to last until approximately 1 a.m. Friday, April 26.
The exercise will include the deployment of smoke candles to test how effectively the fire suppression system in the Oculus can purge smoke in case of an actual smoke condition or fire.
During the test, customers will see a period of non-toxic heavy smoke in the PATH fare zone area. In addition to testing the system’s ability to dissipate smoke, the test also will include the transfer of permanent power to emergency generators to assess the ability of fire systems to continue to operate. There is no health or safety threat to the public.
Customers may also experience minor power outages with some elevators, escalators and lights. At the conclusion of the test, power will be transferred back to normal operations.
To ensure the safety of commuters while the test is in progress, the Port Authority is taking several measures, including:

  • Making public address announcements every two minutes.
  • Using e-alerts and social media channels to inform the public.
  • Delaying the smoke portion of the exercise until after the arrival of a PATH train and before the arrival of the following train.
  • Continuous announcements on bullhorns to ensure public awareness.
  • As a precaution, fire brigade members will be on standby in the Oculus with fire extinguishers, flashlights and a medical bag.

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