Resiliency and Recovery

  • Power Substation
  • Flood
  • Elevators &
  • Track & Tunnel

Power Substation Upgrades

This program will replace and upgrade aging substation equipment to improve reliability in servicing an increasing demand.

A critical component of PATH operation is the DC traction power required to operate the train, provided through a series of substations and switching stations located throughout the system. New upgraded substations will provide output voltage to accommodate existing and future fleet voltage requirements.

The current power substation upgrades program includes replacements and upgrades of three substations and two switching stations.

Flood Mitigation

Latent damage due to salt-water intrusion throughout the entire PATH system will require remedial work over the next several years. Salt residue that was previously power washed is now resurfacing in many locations, therefore requiring additional power washing and cleaning to eliminate the salt deposits, which accelerate the lifespan of many components throughout the PATH system.

Building a system more resilient to Sandy-type events will help prevent salt-water intrusion from permeating the PATH stations, therefore minimizing future damages and station down times. These long-term resiliency projects are in the analysis and design phase, as short-term measures consisting of stop logs, bin blocks, and sand filled barriers are in the process of being installed.

Elevators & Escalators

Nearly 20 vertical transportation units sustained operational damage as a result of floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy. This includes three elevators and four escalators at Newport Station, three elevators and three escalators at Exchange Place Station, two escalators at Grove Street Station, one elevator at Hoboken Station, three elevators at the Harrison Car Maintenance Facility (two passenger, one freight), and two elevators at World Trade Center Station.

While some units have been repaired and put back into service, others were damaged to the extent that they require full replacement. The Hoboken Elevator, for example, required a complete rebuild and was returned to service on June 28, 2013.

In the coming months, work will continue on the escalators at Exchange Place, Grove, and Newport stations.

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Track & Tunnel Maintenance

Restoration and replacement of track bed, ties, running rail, fouled ballast, and power/third rail has begun with support from the Federal Transit Administration, and will continue for the next two years. This work affects approximately two miles of direct fixation track, and nearly three miles of ballasted track in tunnels and open areas. Thousands of concrete ties are being replaced to assist in mitigation efforts, as well as to provide a smoother and quieter ride for passengers.

In addition, eighteen pumps in four separate tunnels are being rehabilitated or replaced due to continuous use during the emergency response phase that followed Superstorm Sandy's landfall.

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