Press Release Article


Date: Sep 23, 2016
Press Release Number: 176-2016

The Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners yesterday approved a major overhaul of two PATH tunnels between New York and New Jersey that link the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations to repair and upgrade critical rail, electrical and signal systems damaged by Superstorm Sandy nearly four years ago.

The $400-million project will replace PATH track, third rail, electrical, signal and communications infrastructure along portions of Tunnels E and F under the Hudson River. The work will be done on weekends, and the Port Authority is exploring ways to shorten the projected eight-year project construction schedule.

“PATH is a critical lifeline between New Jersey and New York, and the investment we approved today is vital to keep it operating safely and efficiently,” said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. “This project, coupled with one we are doing to install a new computerized signal system, will allow us to accommodate projected growth in mass transit for many years to come.”

“We are laser-focused on making sure the transportation assets we own are properly maintained to ensure their ability to serve the tens of millions of travelers who rely on them every year,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Steven Cohen. “Hurricane Sandy took a major toll on PATH and on other critical transportation facilities, and this project will aim to not only fix the damage, but mitigate future potential problems from severe flooding.”

Repairs to Tunnels E and F currently are slated to begin in the third quarter of 2017 and be completed in 2026, though PATH continues to explore and assess opportunities to accelerate the construction schedule. The work will be done on 35 weekends per year. There will be single-track operation during weekend work to allow for continuous train service, and to minimize passenger inconvenience and disruption.

Currently, the Port Authority is installing a comprehensive, federally mandated computerized signal system on PATH’s 33rd Street Line to improve passenger service and safety. That work is being done on weekends and will continue through December 2016, excluding holidays. Those upgrades are designed to improve service quality and increase passenger capacity.

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